Brett Favre was born on October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi. The 6' 2" 222 pound signal caller played college football at Southern Mississippi and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the 33rd overall selection in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft. Favre has that gunslinger mentality, never letting an interception get him down, always ready to make a big play when necessary. He was a quarterback with a "Golden Arm," able to make throws most quarterbacks in the NFL cannot. Green Bay Packers General Manager, Ron Wolf, was extremely high on Favre and would have drafted him the previous year if Atlanta had not; he traded their first round pick, the nineteenth overall (RB Tony Smith) for Brett Favre.
Brett Favre Gets His Break
During week two of the 1992 NFL season, the Green Bay Packers were playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay led 17-0 at the half and Brett Favre played the second half in place of the benched Don Majkowski. Favre did not play very well and the Packers lost 31-3.
Against the Cincinnati Bengals the following week, Don Majkowski suffered a severe ankle injury, giving Favre another shot at his starting job. Favre struggled again, fumbling four times in the game. At one point, the crowd was calling for Ty Detmer, the third-string quarterback. This is when the Legend of Lambaugh was born. Trailing 23-17 with just 1:07 left in the game, Favre went to work, hitting Sterling Sharpe for a 42-yard pass. On the following play, Favre capped the victory with a game winning touchdown pass to Kitrick Taylor with just 13 seconds left. The Packers won 24-23.Brett Favre had a fine first season after taking over for Don Majkowski. The Packers nearly returned to the playoffs, but fell one game short with a 9-7 record. Favre started his consecutive starts streak against the Pittsburgh Steelers; he finished the season with 3,227 yards, 18 touchdown passes and only 13 interceptions – earning his first Pro Bowl berth.
Brett Favre Three Time MVP
By the 1994 season, Favre’s third year as a starter, he began to play at an extremely high level. In fact, he became the best quarterback in football during this time. From 1994 to 1997, Brett Favre averaged 4015 yards, 36 touchdown passes and only 14 interceptions. He also averaged 177 yards rushing and another two touchdowns. Brett Favre was so dominant that he won the NFL MVP award three consecutive seasons from 1995-1997, a feat that has never been equaled.
Brett Favre Throws Five Touchdowns
For most quarterbacks, throwing three touchdowns in one game is a great performance. For Brett Favre, it takes five touchdown passes to make it a great game. During his 17-year NFL career, Brett Favre has thrown five touchdown passes a remarkable three times.
On November 12, 1995, the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers played their 150th game between the two great franchises. Brett Favre entered the game with a severely sprained ankle, but was ready for a record day. Favre connected on 25 of 33 attempts for 336 yards and a career best, five touchdown passes. He hooked up on scoring strikes of 17 and 16 yards to Edgar Bennett, a one-yard touchdown pass to Dorsey Levens and long strikes of 29 and 44 yards to Robert Brooks. Favre became the first quarterback to ever throw five touchdown passes against the Bears. The Packers won in a shootout 35-28. "Nothing he does, good or bad, surprises me," Holmgren said. "But I was anxious that he didn't practice. I always think a quarterback has to practice during the week to be most effective. And also a big part of his game is maneuverability and his escapability and all that." (1)
It was September 27, 1998 and this time the Green Bay Packers had traveled to Carolina to play the Panthers. Brett Favre was full of game-changing plays. He made throws most quarterbacks in the NFL cannot make, and threw a few passes that NFL quarterbacks should not throw. "I had a couple of balls I wish I had back," Favre said. When somebody noted that Carolina linebacker Jeff Brady, who had two of those interceptions, had played a strong game, Favre responded: "I guess so. I don't know. It's pretty hard not to catch those. I threw them right at him." For the Packers, Favre made more great plays than bad ones. When the game was said and done, Favre had completed 27 of 45 passes for 388 yards with five touchdown passes and three interceptions. When Favre was asked if he was concerned the Packers had to call 47 passing plays, this is how he responded. "When you win, who cares? It could be 80 throws, as long as you win.” (2) After the game, Robert Brooks put it this way. "He's the best quarterback to ever play the game. If anybody disputes that, whether they're old school or new school, they're crazy." (3)
During a September 21, 1997 game against the visiting Minnesota Vikings, Favre once again had a banner day. Favre and the Packers were red hot in the first half, racing to a 31-7 lead. After a late Minnesota charge, the Packers held on to defeat the Vikings 38-32. On that day, Favre completed 18 of 31 passes for 266 yards with five touchdown passes and two interceptions. Favre finished the day with 156 career touchdown passes, breaking Starr's team record in just over five seasons and 83 games. It took Starr, a Hall of Famer, 16 seasons and 191 games to throw 152 touchdown passes. "We throw the ball a lot more than Bart did back then," Favre said. "I don't want to take anything away from him." (4)
Favre’s Greatest Game?
During the 2000 NFL season, the Baltimore Ravens defense was unstoppable. They were still perhaps the best defense in football and this is what Ray Lewis had to say about Brett Favre. "He's definitely one of the great quarterbacks, by far. But I don't think when you talk about our defense that one man can beat us. We know that. I think it's really going to be a benchmark for him to see how he compares against our defense.” (5)
Brett Favre let his play do the talking on the football field against a defense that many believe is the best in NFL history. Favre’s numbers were sensational. He completed 27 of 34 passes for 337 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions to lift Green Bay to a 31-23 victory over the mighty defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. "You get a better appreciation watching Brett play close up," Sharpe said. "You watch him on television, and it's, ‘OK, he made a play.' To see him in person, it's like Michael Jordan. When he drops back, you expect him to complete the pass. He's as good at that position as I've seen in my 12 years." (5)
Brett Favre Responds with Play after Loss of Father
Shortly after the devastating loss of Brett Favre’s father, Irwin Favre, Brett had a game for the ages. It was a Monday night showdown with the Oakland Raiders on December 22, 2003, and legendary quarterback Brett Favre played the game of his life. It was a magical evening and in the first half, Favre threw four touchdown passes and the Packers led 31-7 at the break. "I've never seen a first half like that," Favre said. "I think that everyone who watched the game saw what took place. I'd like to take credit for a lot of it, but when you make catches like those guys did and block the way our guys did, I don't know if I've ever seen an effort quite like that before."
It was the greatest one-half performance of Favre's 13-year NFL career. He threw for 311 first-half yards, including touchdown passes of 22, 23, 43 and 6 yards. "What he did in the first half - four touchdowns and no interceptions - shoot, it should probably go down as one of the best one-half performances ever," said Reggie McKenzie, the Packers' director of pro personnel. "If this isn't the best, I don't know what is."
Favre started the game on fire, completing the first nine passes he threw. "You can put as many superlatives in there as you want," right tackle Mark Tauscher said, "and I still don't think that would cover it. The things that had to be going through his mind, what a champion he is. I think that's the best way to say it."
Brett Favre did not throw the ball much in the second half, but still finished 22-30 for 399 yards and four touchdowns. "Well, I know that my dad would have wanted me to play," Favre said. "I love him so much, and I love this game. It meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family, and I did not expect this kind of performance, but I know he was watching tonight. I'm going to miss him. He was so instrumental not only in football, but in life. For me, it's just sad to see him go at (age) 58." (6)
Brett Favre in Super Bowls
Super Bowl XXXI
Brett Favre completed two big touchdown passes, one of them a record, and ran for another two-yard touchdown to pull ahead 27-14. After New England closed the gap to 27-21, Desmond Howard finished the game off with a 99-yard touchdown on a kickoff return. Howard was named Super Bowl MVP, but Favre had a fine performance going 14-27 for 246 yards and two touchdown passes. Green Bay won 35-21. After the game, Favre said, “Now I'm greedy, I want to win more. I want to come back and win another. But I want to enjoy this a little while.'' (7)
Super Bowl XXXII
On the first drive of the game, Green Bay drove down the field and Brett Favre hit Antonio Freeman for a touchdown in the back of the end zone. Denver responded with a Terrell Davis touchdown run to tie the game 7-7. After a couple of Favre turnovers, giving Denver a 17-7 lead late in the first half, Brett Favre drove the Packers 95 yards to bring the game to a 17-14 score at the half. In the second half, Favre hit Freeman for another touchdown to tie the game at 24 all, but after a Denver touchdown, the Packers came up short on a fourth down and six when Favre’s pass was tipped away by John Mobley. Despite the loss, Brett Favre played a fine game, completing 25 of 42 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns.
"John's a good friend of mine. It was a friendly competition,” said Favre, who had a pre-game chat with Elway. “I told him we're finally competing in the biggest game of our life.'' When Favre was asked after losing the biggest game of his career, if he still felt there was no better man to lose to than Elway, he said “Things haven't changed.“ (8)
Brett Favre is Down to Earth
Most professional athletes these days do things to show off their wealth. This isn’t the case with Brett Favre. After the 2002 NFL season when Favre was considering retirement, this is what he said. “My wife, Deanna, and I talk about retirement and she tells me to walk away when I am ready. I think retirement will be a lot like the off-season for me. In the off-season, I don't like to travel: I would rather stay home in Hattiesburg (Miss.) and cut my grass. There are times when I'm on the mower cutting the front portion of the yard and someone stops by ... they find it hard to believe that Brett Favre cuts his own grass.” (9)
In 2004, Snapper drafted Brett Favre to promote their lawn mowers. "People find it hard to believe that I mow my own lawn, but I love doing it," Favre says. "Having the right mower means everything, and with my Snapper, I get a great looking lawn and a sense of accomplishment when I'm done." (10)
Favre is a guy who simply enjoys playing football, so in a way, it shouldn’t be that big of a surprise that he cuts his own grass. One of the refreshing things about Favre is he doesn’t just do advertisements for the money. He seems to do them because he really likes the products and he uses these products himself. He is a very genuine guy; that is what America loves about Brett Favre.
Brett Favre Hall of Fame...
Five years after Brett Favre retires, he will be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Brett Favre is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play Pro Football, and like other great signal callers before him, he too will be a first-year inductee. Brett Favre has recently broken the record for most wins, passing yards, passing touchdowns, and interceptions. When he does leave this great game, he will be greatly missed. Thanks for the memories! Brett Favre is off the charts.
By A. Goodin, 20Yardline.com
Brett Favre Biography Sources
(1) FAB FIVE FROM QB FAVRE//Touchdown Passes Lift Packers (1995, November 13) Chicago Sun-Times