Brett Favre set the all-time touchdown record.
That’s great. Favre really is a great QB and I will never dispute that.
Now that he has the TD record he will most likely get the interception record as well.
But if I hear one more talking head call him the BEST EVER I may puke.
And I’m not even talking about John Madden and his terrible man crush on Brett. (I mean, how many times does he mention him when his team is not on the broadcast?)
Anyway, back to the main topic: Favre is definitely an all-time great, but the best ever? No way.
Let’s look at some QBs who blow Brett away.
In no particular order:
Joe Montana: The best ever. Period. End of story.
John Elway: A one-man team throughout the 80's and early 90's finally got his ring (at Favre's expense) when he got a running game.
Troy Aikman: As a guy who hates all things Dallas Cowboys, I have to give the man his due. He was the most accurate passer I can remember. (Not to mention his three rings – one with Barry Switzer as head coach!)
Roger Staubach: This NFL poster boy in the 70's would have put up bigger numbers, and maybe an extra ring or two, if he did not have to fulfill his naval obligation. Remember Dallas challenged Lombardi's Packers without him – would they have won with him? He’s also one of four men to win the Heisman and Super Bowl MVP.
Bart Starr: Speaking of Lombardi's Packers, he’s the big game QB of his time.
Otto Graham: Ten title games in 10 seasons. Seven titles. Enough said.
Johnny Unitas: He’s the man who basically brought the NFL to the national stage. He’s also the first man with 40,000 passing yards and had 47 straight games with a TD pass.
Tom Brady: Three rings. Four years. Zero pro bowl receivers. The man is cool under pressure and always finds a way to win. He will go down as one of the best ever, possibly even number two.
Peyton Manning: Now that he has his ring, all he has to do is stay healthy to set all the records. If he gets a few more rings like Brady, he may have a chance to be next to, or right behind, Montana.
There you have it: my list of QBs with title rings who I would rank ahead of Brett Favre. I mean no disrespect to Brett. In fact, I wish he were on the Bears.
But, even if he were, he’d still be number ten in my book of championship QBs. I would probably put him behind Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Warren Moon, and Dan Fouts as well, but they have no rings.
I’d love to hear your HONEST thoughts on the subject.