When Will They Ever Learn? Oft-Forgotten Facts About Brett Favre

Reuben CohenContributor IJanuary 8, 2009

The New York Jets should have played closer attention to the photo above before they traded for waffling QB Brett Favre during training camp. The photo was shot after one of Favre many picks thrown in the 16 years he wore the Green and Gold. 286 regular season interceptions, to be exact. He never threw fewer than 13 in a season, and once he actually got 29, in 2005.

Many onlookers were stunned by Favre's apparent resurrection in 2007 after a few years preceding it similar to and including that horrendous '05 campaign (in that season Favre threw more interceptions than any quarterback except for Carson Palmer threw touchdowns—Palmer had 32).

These onlookers must have included Jets management.

Because apparently the guys in charge in New York forgot that Favre was almost 39 years old.

They must have overlooked that Favre had thrown more interceptions than any player in NFL history.

And they ignored the fact that Favre had not played for any team other than the Green Bay Packers for 16 years.

No wonder the Jets' Favre experiment was a failure.

And whichever teams are interested in picking up Favre this time (because I guarantee you he won't be back on the Jets if he plays at all) will need to take into account that he's 39 years old and he's added to his interception total.

They will need to decide if the PR gained by getting a future Hall of Famer is worth playing with a sub-par starting quarterback.