Brett Favre's Streak Comes to an End and so Does a Legendary Career

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Brett Favre's Streak Comes to an End and so Does a Legendary Career
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Tonight Brett Favre's streak of 297 consecutive starts will come to an end, as Tarvaris Jackson will start against the New York Giants tonight.

Just how long has Brett Favre been going at it? Favre has played in every week of the NFL season since I was in kindergarten; I'm 24 years old now and have graduated from college. I feel as if I got a little older today.

Favre has done it all during his time in the NFL. He's won a Super Bowl, and he was the league MVP three times. He owns virtually every record imaginable. Passing yards, touchdowns thrown, interceptions, pass attempts, passes completed and consecutive games played. 

NFL Reference has a stat called "NFL Career Approximate Value," and Brett Favre is tied for first with Jerry Rice. It's safe to say that Favre has left his mark in the league.

Of all of the accomplishments that Favre has on his resume, it may very well be the consecutive game streak that personifies his legacy the most. What made Favre so special as a player was his trademark toughness. For 19 years there wasn't an injury that Brett Favre couldn't shake.

Favre has played the game as reckless as anyone who has ever played the quarterback position. He epitomizes the "gunslinger" persona. He's played through broken bones, coughing up blood and family tragedies. There was simply nothing that could stop Favre from going out and playing the game that he loves. 

This season hasn't gone the way the way that Favre had envisioned it going. Just last year he was coming off maybe his greatest statistical season of his career, and was just a couple of plays away from going to the Super Bowl. This year he's had to deal with the Jenn Sterger incident, media scrutiny and playing on an under-performing team.

There are many people out there who believe that Favre has tarnished his great legacy by returning for what has to be his final year. I hope that isn't the case.

When people look back on Favre's career, they'll think of a man who played the game with the unparalleled toughness and the joy of child. We're all going to miss watching Mr. Favre sling it around on Sundays; he always kept it interesting to say the least. Thanks for the memories, Brett.

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