It seems fitting this would be the year Brett Favre, who was on the ballot for the first time, would go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Whatever bad blood may have existed in the past between Favre and the Green Bay Packers was finally put to rest Nov. 26 when the Packers retired his No. 4. He's capping things off with a trip to Canton in the summer to take his place among football's immortals.
And there aren't many quarterbacks in history more deserving of the spot. Just take it from NFL Network's Steve Wyche, who reported it took "nine seconds" to induct Favre, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The Atlanta Falcons made Favre the 33rd pick in 1991's draft. He appeared in two games that season before being traded to the Packers the following offseason. The gunslinger proceeded to start an NFL-record 321 consecutive games (including playoffs) from 1992 to 2010, leading the Packers to one Super Bowl victory in two appearances.
Favre's career took detours to the New York Jets (2008) and Minnesota Vikings (2009-10) when the Packers turned their ship over to Aaron Rodgers. He proceeded to lead the Vikings to a 12-4 record and an appearance in the NFC Championship Game in his first season with the franchise.
After battling injuries in 2010, Favre opted to call it a career at the age of 41. He finished his career as a three-time MVP, capturing three straight from 1995 to 1997, held the record for most touchdown passes (508) and had 18 consecutive seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards.
Peyton Manning has since broken his touchdown record, but that's not bad company to keep.