What Brett Favre Should Be Remembered For

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IMay 21, 2009

Favre's Day

December 22, 2003

Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers

One of the defining moments of Brett Favre's career and arguably his greatest game ever took place on Dec. 22, 2003, in a Monday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders.

The day before, Brett's father, Irvin Favre ran into a ditch near Kiln, MS—where years earlier, Brett Favre had nearly died in a car accident.

Favre chose to play the day after his father's death.  He would pass for four touchdowns in the first half and 399 total yards in a 41–7 victory over the Raiders on international television—Favre even received applause from "Raider Nation."

Afterwards, Favre said, "I knew that my dad would have wanted me to play. I love him so much and I love this game. It's meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family, and I didn't expect this kind of performance, but I know he was watching tonight."

Favre earned the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.  He then attended his father's funeral in Pass Christian, MS.  Favre would also win an ESPY Award for his Monday Night Football performance.