There have been many iconic quarterbacks in the NFL, but few are in the same realm as the great Brett Favre.
Brett Favre, who played majority of his professional career with the Green Bay Packers, was one of the most dominant playmakers in the 1990s. His 11-time selection in the Pro Bowl throughout his career currently ranks third among all quarterbacks and is proof that he was indeed one heck of a passer. The Mississipi native holds a ton of NFL records that truly cement his case to be one of the all time greats to ever pass the football. Let’s take a look at five of Favre’s greatest moments in his 21-year NFL career.
5. The Comeback Kid (September 26, 1999)
Brett Favre probably had a hundred of incredible plays in his career but this one from September 26, 1999 was too special to not be included in this list. The quarterback had a knack of converting game winners so this last-second play against arch rivals Minnesota Vikings wasn’t anything to new to Packers fans. Vikings QB Randall Cunningham threw a 10-yard pass which was caught by legendary running back Randy Moss in the end zone. This was within the last two minutes of play and the game seemed out of reach for Green Bay. Not on Favre’s watch. In true Brett Favre fashion, the signal-caller converted a 230yard pass to receiver Corey Bradford with just 12 seconds in the game to ultimately seal another amazing come-from-behind win for the Packers.
4. Touchdown number 421 (September 30, 2007)
The 2007 season was special for Brett Favre for a number of reasons. One of which was his monumental touchdown against none other than the Vikings in Week 4 of the regular season. Early in the game, the Pro Bowler threw a monumental 16-yard touchdown pass to WR Greg Jennings to grab an early lead against Minnesota. This would prove to be a vital TD as this was Favre’s 421st which surpassed the iconic Dan Marino’s 420 TD mark. Favre went on to throw 344 more yards and complete 70% of these as he lead the Packers to defeat their division rivals and continue their undefeated start to the 2007 regular season. Favre would be eventually named as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.
3. In memory of Irvin Favre (December 22, 2003)
It was Monday Night Football and the Packers were set to face the Oakland Raiders. Brett’s father, Irvin Favre, passed away the day before and there were a lot of speculation if the quarterback would suit up for Green Bay the next day. The iconic quarterback showcased his professionalism and class and mustered enough to still take the field in memory of his late father. Brett Favre had himself quite a night, throwing 399 yards and converting four touchdown passes. The two-time NFL passing yards leader showed true heart and courage as the Packers would defeat the Raiders 41-7. Favre broke down and was in tears when the game ended. He was later awarded an ESPY for his incredible performance that night. What a way to honor your father.
2. First MVP Award (1995)
Brett Favre pretty much owned the 1990s and was truly one of the best passers of the decade. And it was on the 1995 season where the quarterback really started to prove that he was indeed on a different level. He won the first of his three AP MVP awards this year and led the Packers to an 11-5 record – their best record in almost three decades. He had a career high of 4,413 yards, 38 touchdowns and an almost-immaculate 99.5 QB rating. Though the Packers lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship game, it was still one heck of season both for Favre and the Packers. Favre’s dominance would continue as the league MVP in the next two seasons.
1. Super Bowl XXXI (January 26, 1997)
Arguably, players only become true legends once they win a championship and this was what Brett Favre achieved in 1997. This was Green Bay’s first trip back to the Super Bowl since 1967 and league MVP Favre wasn’t going to let this one slip away. Favre was having another incredible season after throwing a career-high of 39 touchdowns from 3,899 yards at a 59.9 percent clip. Though Desmond Howard from their special teams was the one who stole the show as that year’s Super Bowl MVP, it was Favre who ultimately lead the Packers to grab their third Lombardi Trophy. The Hall of Famer completed 14 of 27 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns on his way to his first and only Super Bowl ring. This, among many, is one the reasons why Favre’s No. 4 has been retired by the Packers.