Brett Favre: Is Number Four Really Ruining His Legacy?

Old AccountSenior Writer IJune 12, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 07:  Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets looks on the field against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game on December 7, 2008 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Brett Favre was born on October 10,1969 in Gulford, Mississippi.

In the 1991 NFL Draft, he was selected by the Atlanta Falcons, who had the 33rd overall pick.

Favre only lasted one season with the Falcons, as he went from Atlanta to the cheese head Country in Green Bay, Wisconsin to join the Packers.

The Packers saw potential in Favre, potential that he can find success with the franchise and under coach Mike Holmgren.

Favre's stint with the Packers lasted longer then expected: 16 seasons of great memories, great times, and great performances with the Packers.

As a Packer, Favre achieved the NFL highest standard.

He is the only quarterback in the history of the game to win three MVP's ('95,'96,'97)

He is a ten time pro-bowler, including a member of the 1990s NFL Decade Team.

Favre led the Packers to seven division championships.

The Packers made four appearances to the NFL Championship game with Favre under center.

The team also made two Super Bowl appearences, one of them being a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.

The all-time statistics, however, is what he is most remembered for.

He holds the record for the most consecutive starts by a quarterback ( 269).

He holds the most regular season victories by a quarterback ( 169).

Favre also holds the record for Passing TD'S ( 464), passing yards ( 65,127),completions ( 5,720), career games with at least three touchdowns ( 65), and career interceptions thrown ( 310).

The NFL world didn't expect the 2007 NFC Championship Game to be his final one as a Packer, a game where Green Bay came up short for a final shot at a Super Bowl.

It was expected that Favre was going to retire as usual, but to return to the Packers for another season.

However, that did not happen, as Favre and the Packers went their separate ways, as he went to New York.

It was an up and down season for Favre and the New York Jets. The team started off 8-2, and in the Daily News on a Monday, had predicted a Super Bowl match up against the Giants.

However, they went down the wrong path, and finished with a record of 9-7, failing to make the playoffs.

After the completion of the Super Bowl, Favre retired again, this time stating that he is not coming back, he is finished.

The statement seems far away from the truth, as signing with the Minnesota Vikings becomes more likely.

Now, however, the question has risen of his legacy.

People believed when he went to the Jets that his legacy began to lay in ruins.

If he signs with the Vikings, a long division rival of the Packers, his legacy would be gone forever in Packer Nation.

Yet, does it have to end this way? Is his legacy being tarnished in front of our eyes?

To many, signing with the Vikings is the final straw.

But people must realize one thing. They must realize that all the accomplishments Favre achieved, they were all with the Packers.

Maybe the exact number passing touchdowns or passing yards weren't all achieved with the Packers, but the memories will always be there.

Not being a Packer fan shows the sign of the different perspective. However, I will always remember what Brett Favre did with the Packers: the highs and lows, the records, the success.

From my perspective, the appearances with the Jets and possibly the Vikings are non-existent to me. Don't get me wrong here, I have gotten discouraged with what he has done myself. However, I don't feel his whole career should be forgotten because of it.

The only thing that you can believe is hope: hope that Favre makes the right decision, a decision that will not affect his legacy, his legacy, as a Green Bay Packer.


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