The Green Bay Packers won’t have to wait as long this off season to know who their starting quarterback will be. Last season the team didn’t know until after the NFL draft if their quarterback would be returning or not. This year with his decision to return being made much earlier it should help them in signing other free agents. Various unidentified sources have suggested that Favre has been trying to influence the Packers to trade for Oakland Raiders’ wide receiver Randy Moss.
Favre has been the “Iron Man Of The NFL” by starting 257 consecutive games, which no other NFL quarter has ever done. He has played through a variety of injuries including hand, knee, and leg injuries. He also dealt with a controversy in his 1997 Super Bowl Championship season regarding his abuse of painkillers. That controversy in the end did not hurt his popularity though as he has remained one of the more recognized and marketable players in the league.
Favre has won the NFL MVP aware in three different seasons, including one year which he was a Co-MVP with Barry Sanders. He led the Packers to the Super Bowl in back to back seasons, with their attempt to repeat as Super Bowl Champions in 1998 falling short with a loss to the Denver Broncos and another legendary quarterback, John Elway. Brett Favre has been chasing Dan Marino in the NFL record book the past few years and broke his record for career pass completions last year. Favre also owns the record for most consecutive 3,000 passing yard seasons at fifteen. This year he will be trying to add his name to several other spots in the NFL record book.
If he has another 3,000 yard passing season he might have an outside shot at passing Marino for most passing yards in a career. He trails Marino entering this season by 3,861 yards. This would mean he’d need to average close to 250 yards passing per game this year to claim that record. The records he is more likely to break this year include most wins by an NFL starting quarterback, most career touchdown passes, and on the negative side most interceptions. He trails Elway by one in wins by a starting quarterback, Marino by six in career touchdown passes, and George Blanda by four in career interceptions. Conceivably, Favre could break those three records in the first quarter of the 2007 NFL season.
Many thought Favre’s tear filled post game speech after his team defeated the Chicago Bears in their final game of this season was a sign that he would officially retire. In the end though, the Packers had a surprising 8-8 season last year, and maybe Favre believes he has a chance to end his career not only by filling a few more spots in the record book but by making his final NFL playoff appearance.