Why the 1996 Green Bay Packers Are My Favorite Team Of All Time
1996: A magical season for the Green Bay Packers.
The year Brett Favre finally got over the hump and the year Reggie White fulfilled his promise to bring the Lombardi trophy back to Green Bay.
The season started with so much anticipation. Favre was entering his prime, he was gaining his reputation as a gunslinger and as the iron man of football. White was still in his dominance.
Favre was always seen as one of the early elite quarterbacks in the league, but he was still inconsistent. He needed to put everything together, and that's exactly what he accomplished in the 1995 season leading up to the Super Bowl.
Favre passed for 3,899 yards to go along with 39 touchdowns. He won the regular season MVP. He had an arsenal of targets to throw to, and although there wasn't a clear cut star wide out, the cast played an important role in the championship run.
They were led by Antonio Freeman, accompanied by Andre Rison, Desmond Howard, and Don Beebe.
The ground game was led by Edgar Bennett and Dorsey Levens. They weren't asked to do a whole lot, but when they were called upon, they delivered.
It was the defense that was really great, led by the minister of defense, White. This defense piled up 37 sacks and 26 interceptions. LeRoy Butler was the slash player on the defense contributing 6.5 sacks and five interceptions.
The regular season ended with the Packers owning a 13-3 record with their only losses being away games against Minnesota, Kansas City, and Dallas.
They dominated the playoffs, starting by knocking off their rival, San Fransisco 49ers. They proceeded to finish off the Carolina Panthers, who at the time were an up and coming team. They topped it off by winning the Super Bowl against the Parcells-led New England Patriots.
The game was like a dream. Everything went their way and Favre ran around like a boy playing in his first varsity game. You could see how much he loved this great game, and it's easy to see now why it's so hard for him to walk away.
This team resembled his love for the game and Favre is without a doubt the leader of this team. He finally provided the city of Green Bay with their long awaited championship. He finally reached the peak of invincibility. He was from that moment immortal, along with the rest of his teammates.
This team is my favorite team of all time, mostly because of Favre. He's the reason I started watching football. His youthfulness, and the way he embraced the game, it's like nothing I had ever seen before. He captured the hearts of so many fans, and I'm sure there were millions of kids just like me at the time that started watching football because of Favre.
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