Brett Favre: the Man, the Legend

Paul ReberContributor IMay 27, 2008

The National Football League has been fortunate enough to sustain a high level of popularity and provide an immense amount of entertainment since the birth of four of its’ earliest successful franchises: the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cardinals (now Arizona), Chicago Bears, and the New York Giants.  Combined, these teams consist of 28 championships and over 2,000 total wins. 

Among the underpinnings of the now beloved and cherished sport is quite possibly the most anticipated, committed, and watched player in NFL history: Brett Favre, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1992-2007.  During his 16-year tenure with the packers, Favre has broken nearly every quarterback record that there is, and even set a few of his own. 

Of these records, the most impressive are his total wins of 160, 442 touchdown passes, and his streak of consecutive starts at 253 (275 including playoffs).  But the numerous records he holds are hardly a paradigm of his illustrious career.  In fact, it could be said that he holds very little pride in them, and instead his career is measured by his undying affection and passion for football, his unbridled energy and desire for wins, and the love and jaw dropping admiration that not only Packer fans experience for him. 

His career will now consistently be mentioned when talking about the greatest sports members of all time.  Names like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, and Muhammad Ali now parallel that of Favre’s, a list not easily penetrated. 

And this is truly what separates him from almost every NFL player.  He won't be regarded by most as the greatest player ever, but he will be regarded by all as a conqueror, an iron man, an entertainer; a man with character, heart, and determination; a strong, fiery risk taker, and most importantly a leader.  Combined with his remarkable career, Brett Favre has become a legend—a hero for us all.