His arm was considered too weak to make big NFL throws.
His now former team, the New York Jets, brought in two quarterbacks in three seasons to replace him.
The first quarterback, Kellen Clemens, was drafted in the second round in 2006.
While Clemens may have a stronger arm, a completion percentage of 52, and a touchdown to interception ratio of 1:2, he will not get it done in the NFL.
It seemed as if Pennington's career would fade away in Miami. The Dolphins had cleaned house after coming off a 1-15 season.
All Chad Pennington has done in 2008 is post one of the best seasons in his career.
Through 15 games, he has completed 67 percent of his passes for nearly 3,500 yards, 17 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions.
He has already set a career high for passing yards (3,453) and can set a new career high for completions and throw his 100th career touchdown in the final regular-season game.
Wouldn't you know it? The Dolphins' final regular-season game is against the Jets.
The Jets beat the Dolphins in the first game of the season, but things have changed since.
Pennington has led the Dolphins to a 10-5 record and to the brink of an AFC East crown.
Favre, his replacement in the Big Apple, has the Jets improved over last year; however, they're still trailing the Dolphins with a 9-6 record.
A statistical comparison of the two quarterbacks has Pennington ahead of Favre again. Pennington has more yards and far and away fewer interceptions (Pennington has seven as opposed to 19 for Favre).
On Sunday, Chad Pennington will march his Dolphins into his former home against his former team with everything on the line.
Chad, if you beat the J-E-T-S on Sunday, laugh as hard you want.
Redemption is sweet.