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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Brett Farve

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Some fans may remember him as a Jet, some remember him as a Viking, but he will always be remembered as a Packer first and foremost.

He is the only player to win the AP Most Valuable Player three consecutive times (1995–97), and is one of only six quarterbacks to have won the award as well as the Super Bowl in the same season. He has led teams to eight division championships (1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009), five NFC Championship Games (1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2009), and two Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl XXXI, Super Bowl XXXII), winning one (Super Bowl XXXI).

He holds many NFL records, including most career passing yards, most career pass completions, most career pass attempts, most career interceptions thrown, most consecutive starts by a player, most career victories as a starting quarterback, most sacked, and most fumbles.

He is also referred to by his nickname “The Gunslinger”

In Super Bowl XXXI, Favre completed 14 of 27 passes for 246 yards and 2 touchdown passes. On the second play of the game, Favre called an audible and threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to receiver Andre Rison. Favre also completed an 81-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman in the second quarter (then a Super Bowl record for longest touchdown catch). Favre rushed for 12 yards and another touchdown, as the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots, 35–21. In their 19 games of the season, the Packers had a turnover ratio of plus 24, and outscored their opponents 100–48 in the playoffs. Favre became the first and only QB to score 3 touchdowns in the Super Bowl and fail to win MVP honors.

A notable game in the 2004 season in which Favre and the Packers finished 10–6 was against the New York Giants. During the game, Favre suffered a concussion. He did not receive medical clearance to re-enter the game. Despite the concussion, Favre threw a 28-yard touchdown to Javon Walker on a fourth down play. Afterwards it was reported that Favre did not remember throwing the touchdown pass. Favre also had two significant touchdown streaks of note during the season. He had completed at least one touchdown pass in 36 consecutive games over the 2002-2004 seasons which at the time was the second longest streak in NFL history. Also, during the 2004 post-season, he broke Dan Marino’s record for consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass in the post season. Favre went on to throw a touchdown pass in twenty consecutive playoff games which is still an NFL record.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday salutes …the Gun Slinger …Brett Farve.

Career history
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards: 71,838
Pass completions: 6,300
Pass attempts: 10,169
TDINT: 508–336
Passer rating: 86.0

 

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