The illustrious Brett Favre will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend after tossing 508 career touchdown passes and throwing for 71,838 yards in 19 seasons. He was the true definition of a gun-slinger at quarterback and we’ll likely never see a player with his free-wheeling attitude or willingness to take risks that no one else would dare take. Not to mention, he was more durable than any quarterback in league history.
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On April 21, 1991, Favre was drafted by the Falcons with a second-round pick. He was in his bedroom in Mississippi when he received the news, giving way to arguably the most memorable – and also nostalgic – photo of his life. The 1990s time-capsule aspect of the picture -- nice shorts, Brett -- is unforgettable.
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Joining the Atlanta Falcons
Favre played only two games with the team that drafted him, the Falcons, attempting a grand total of four passes for coach Jerry Glanville. He didn’t complete a single one as two of them were intercepted. He finished with a career passer rating of 0.0 in Atlanta, and the Falcons gave up on him far too soon.
Epic comeback in first game as a Packer
Favre’s first game with the Packers came in September 1992, when he replaced an injured Don Majkowski in the first quarter. Favre led the Packers to a comeback win with two touchdown passes in the final quarter to beat the Bengals 24-23, all without star wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, who was injured later in the game and is seen embracing Favre here. And so, Favre’s legacy in Green Bay was born.
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The Holmgren-Favre era
Mike Holmgren was Favre’s head coach for seven years from 1992-98. The duo reached the playoffs in all but one season, winning a Super Bowl and reaching another, only to lose to the Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII. The two shared a special bond during their time together -- with Holmgren often displaying tough love to rein in his young QB -- and it certainly showed.
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Super Bowl touchdown
One of the iconic moments of Favre’s career came in 1997, when he led the Packers past the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI, 35-21. Favre had two touchdown passes and 246 yards in the win, with his first TD -- a 54-yard strike to Andre Rison -- setting the tone in the first quarter. His post-TD celebration -- running with his helmet raised high -- is forever etched in the memories of Packers fans.
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On top of the world
After beating the Patriots, Favre stood with teammates Desmond Howard and Reggie White wearing an oversized championship T-shirt. It was the only time Favre stood on the victory podium following a Super Bowl.
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Unforgettable game after the passing of his father
Favre had numerous eye-popping games, but one that will live on forever came in 2003. Just one day after his father passed away -- and with the entire nation wondering whether he'd play -- Favre shredded the Raiders with 399 yards, four touchdown passes and a near-perfect passer rating of 154.9 on Monday Night Football. The Packers won that game 41-7 in what was an incredible showing from the resilient Favre.
Setting the all-time TD pass record
Favre made NFL history on September 30, 2007, when he threw his 421st career touchdown pass to Greg Jennings, breaking Dan Marino’s all-time record. Here he was racing to the end zone to celebrate the milestone with his wideout during the Packers’ 23-16 win over the Vikings.
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Retirement: Part 1
Favre announced his retirement from football in March 2008 at Lambeau Field. His time away from the game obviously didn’t last long as he unretired and was traded to the Jets in August 2008.
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His return to Green Bay after unretiring
After calling it quits in March, Favre returned to the Packers in August and was welcomed with open arms by (some) fans. Aaron Rodgers had already been named the starter at this point, but fans were still hoping to see their veteran quarterback in green and yellow for another season. Alas, the Packers traded him before he could suit up in camp.
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Career-high six touchdown passes with the Jets
At age 39, Favre threw six touchdown passes in one game as a member of the Jets – something he never accomplished with the Packers. It was a game that made every doubter realize he still had something left in the tank after previously calling it quits. He finished with 289 passing yards and one pick, as well, leading the Jets to a 56-35 win over the Cardinals.
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The final play of his career
Favre’s career came to a disappointing end on December 20, 2010, against the Bears. He completed 5 of 7 passes for 63 yards with one touchdown and an interception as he was unable to finish the game, giving way to Joe Webb at quarterback. The Vikings lost that game, 40-14. This was the last play of his career as he was sacked for a huge loss.
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Burying the hatchet with Aaron Rodgers
In 2013, Favre and Aaron Rodgers joined forces on-stage at the second annual NFL Honors award show, presenting Peyton Manning with the Comeback Player of the Year award. The two exchanged awkward jokes with Favre saying, “You know, Aaron, everyone loves it when a great player makes a comeback.” Rodgers responded, “Yeah, but not always.”
The mountain-man beard
After flying under the radar and going relatively unseen in the public eye for more than a year, this photo of Favre surfaced in 2014, showing a mountain-man beard and massive muscles during his retirement days. Needless to say, it was a fantastic way for the legend to come back into the light after some time in the dark.
The Packers held a ceremony on November 26, 2015 to retire Favre’s No. 4 jersey. After years of estrangement from the Packers, Favre made an emotional return to Lambeau as he addressed fans and onlookers in the rain.