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Favre will forever be a Packer

Nolan Green

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Ten-time pro-bowler Brett Favre has become one of the most iconic players in the football world over the last 18 years.

He holds 11 league records as well as many more team records, mostly with the Green Bay Packers. Favre has played with and outlasted some of the great quarterbacks of the 90s, including John Elway and Joe Montana, among others.

Although he is arguably one of the best quarterbacks, if not the best quarterback in the NFL, past and present, he is continuously ridiculed and judged for his choices over the last few years.

After 15 seasons and countless awards and recognition, including a three-time All-Pro selection, three-time AP NFL MVP, and five-time NFC player of the year, just to name a few with the Green Bay Packers, Favre, in a teary eyed, sincere interview, chose to retire.

His retirement was accepted in the football world. He had won two NFC championships and a Super Bowl as well as all of the previously mentioned awards during his 15 years as a Cheesehead. He is 38 years old and has gone through quite a lot with the Packers, and although fans were sad to see him go, they knew it had to end sometime.

But this wasn’t the end for Favre. After the hint of a comeback, more than a few nasty words about the Green Bay organization and negotiations with the New York Jets, Favre was back in the league, but not in the familiar green and yellow of the Green Bay Packers.

In New York, Favre played well, but enough to lead the Jets to a 9-7 record, which, although not a winning record, didn’t get the Jets into the playoffs.

In the last five weeks of the regular seasons, it was obvious that Favre had suffered a shoulder injury. Upon the end of the Jets season, MRI results confirmed a torn bicep tendon in his throwing shoulder. Favre used this as an excuse to retire. Again. But again, this wasn’t the end for nearly 40-year-old Favre.

His comeback to the Vikings was a shock to very few. Favre took the field in purple and white. While looking thinner, but still in great shape, he’s done very well so far. In week four he defeated his former team, the Green Bay Packers, to become the first quarterback to beat all 32 NFL teams.

Now, the Vikings are undefeated at 6-0. They’re the dominant team in the NFC and one of the top teams in the NFL, most of this due to Favre.

However, since many Favre fans, including myself, are rooted Green Bay Packers fan, it was hard to see this transition to the Vikings, since there is a deep and passionate rivalry between those two teams. But everyone can admit they can’t help but respect him.

Favre is one of the classiest quarterbacks in the league. At the end of his record-setting wins against the Packers a few weeks ago, he went over to all of his former teammates and hugged, talked and laughed with them all. His actions show that no matter where he plays, he’ll still be number four on the Green Bay Packers, and that’s not going to change.


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Favre will forever be a Packer