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Favre: Rams QB Austin Davis 'can be the next Tom Brady'
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Favre: Rams QB Austin Davis 'can be the next Tom Brady'

Published Oct. 23, 2014 12:51 a.m. ET

Maybe it's because they both played college football at Southern Mississippi. Or maybe Brett Favre has lost a few marbles in retirement. Either way, it's clear that the future Hall of Famer is a big fan of St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis.

Davis has been a bright spot in an otherwise frustrating season for the Rams. Filling in for injured starter Sam Bradford and back-up Shaun Hill, the 25-year-old Davis is ninth in the NFL with a 66.0 completion percentage through six games and leads all second-year quarterbacks with 1,517 passing yards. And according to Favre, his future could be even brighter.

"Austin can definitely play at this level," Favre told ESPN's Ed Werder. "Not to sound off my rocker, but (Davis),€” in my mind, can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner. (Brian) Hoyer as well. Austin, like those mentioned, just needed a legit opportunity."

That's certainly a bold claim from Favre, as Brady and Warner both led their teams to Super Bowl victories in their first seasons as NFL starters, while Davis' Rams sit at 2-5. Yet the quarterback who went undrafted in 2012 did complete 17 of 20 passes in an upset win over the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday.


If you ask Davis, though, he's not too interested in making comparisons.

"I don't really want to be the next anybody," he said, via "I just want to be the first Austin Davis and just keep doing what we're doing and try to go on a winning streak here."



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