Favre currently is tied for the most consecutive starts by any NFL player Viking great Jim Marshall. The mere fact that Favre, AT QUARTERBACK, has accomplished this record would be enough for many to call him the greatest quarterback of all time, and rightfully so.
Favre's journey thus far has been a Hollywood-caliber story. First, a young, southern gunslinger was called into starting duty because of an injury to the starting quarterback of one of the leagues most storied franchise.
After that initial start, No. 4 never relinquished his starting job, he's played through injuries both inflicted by others (multiple broken bones), himself (a self-admitted addiction to pain killers), and those inflicted by forces outside his control (his wife was diagnosed with cancer, and his father passed away hours before Favre lead his team to a road win in a memorable Monday night showdown with the Oakland Raiders).
Favre continued to play through these emotionally and physically demanding tolls which many a man would have wilted under. He now stands one start away from being the NFL's ironman (apologies to Cal Ripken Jr., because what Favre is about to do will dwarf Ripken's over 2,000 consecutive Major League Baseball game-started streak).
Currently, Favre says he doesn't know whether he'll be playing in 2009. For those of you who are worried, anxious, or unsettled in your attempts to decode "Favre talk," rest assured you are in luck today; I speak the language fluently!
Brett Favre will suit up Week 1 and break the NFL consecutive game-started streak. History tells me he'll start the other 15 games this season as well and put his record seemingly out of reach (unless your name is Peyton Manning).
After this season, I can't be so sure what will happen. I'm completely convinced the reason Favre wants to play is not solely to stick it to the Packers, to prove to himself he's still got it, or even to dispel the arguments of the nay-sayers.
I'm convinced this is a little bit about Favre, and unlike many others, I SUPPPORT this reason for his comeback. For 270 games, Favre has strapped it on and pressed the pedal to the floor for the love of his teammates and the game.
If the sole reason for him trotting out there in the purple and gold is to accomplish something for Brett Favre, I'll be the first to commend him.
He's earned it.