Over the offseason, thousands of fans voted in our "Team For the Ages" contest to construct the best imaginable 50-man roster from the NFL’s modern era, which began in 1967. The votes have been counted, and we’re unveiling one player each weekday between now and the kickoff of the 2018 NFL season.
The entire Team For the Ages roster will be unveiled at "Football Legends LIVE!" Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake, Ill. Tickets are on sale now: https://shawmediaevents.com/e/pfw50
QB Brett Favre
Brett Favre set a host of records across his spectacular career spanning two decades, perhaps none more impressive than his ironman streak of 297 consecutive regular-season starts (321 counting playoffs), which epitomizes one of the most fearless and toughest players ever. Favre, an 11-time Pro Bowler, is also the only player in NFL history to win three consecutive MVP awards (1995-97).
They said it
"I've had a winning note. My whole career has been a high. I've won way more individual honors than I set out to. I've worked extremely hard, but it's been about team.
"I hope guys aren't saying, 'Hey,we've got to do this for Brett.' Because what happens when Brett's gone? Than what are you going to do? Find someone else to carry you on their shoulders?"
-- Favre, in 2005, preparing to enter his 15th season
Favre is No. 2 on the NFL's all-time passing yardage and touchdown list, though Drew Brees and Tom Brady, respectively, will pass him this season. An illustration of his gunslinger mentality, Favre also has the most interceptions and sacks taken in NFL history.
Did you know?
Most people know the Packers acquired Favre, at the time a third-stringer, from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a first-round pick in February of 1992. Fewer are aware that Ron Wolf informed then-team President Bob Harlan that he intended to make the deal in the press box of Atlanta Fulton County Stadium the previous December, his first day on the job as new Packers GM.
"Ron comes up, puts his briefcase down next to me and said, ‘I’m going to do down on the field and look at Atlanta’s backup quarterback,'" Harlan told PFW in 2015. "If his arm is still as strong as it was coming out of college, we’re going after him.’”
Favre was soon united by Wolf with Mike Holmgren, and they won Super Bowl XXXI five years later.
Week 16 of the 2003 campaign. Favre, readying to lead the first-place Packers into a primetime battle with the Raiders in Oakland, learns that his father died of a massive heart attack the night before.
“For about five minutes there was some indecision on whether or not I was going to play,” Favre said at the time. “It didn’t take long for me to say, ‘You’ve got to play in this game.’”
Favre didn't merely play, he played the game of his life under extraordinary circumstances. "It was the most nervous I've ever been," he said.
Favre tossed four touchdowns without an interception and totaled 399 passing yards, including 311 in the first half. He completed 73.3 percent of his passes and en route to a 154.9 passer rating, both the best marks of his career. And the Packers torched Oakland, 41-7.
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