ESPN is currently running a front page story about how the NFL will just not ever be the same again without the miraculous Brett Favre. I just don’t get it; at all. I have never believed that this guy was the unprecedented QB the media has always portrayed him as.
Yes Farve holds the NFL record for career passing yards and touchdowns but he also holds the all time record for interceptions. All this tells me is that the guy simply played for a really long time; which he did. As a general rule a QB is expected to have a 2 to 1 touchdown to interception ratio. Favre has 464 TDs to 310 INTs; that’s not even close to reaching a 2 to 1 margin. Maybe it’s his 0-9 record at Texas Stadium or perhaps it was his awful interception against the Giants in 2007’s NFC championship game but I’ve just never thought of him as a big game QB.
Here is a quick list of Quarterbacks whose careers I respect more than I do Favre’s
To be fair I will admit that in the mid 90’s Favre did have some outstanding seasons one of which culminating with a Super Bowl win. But if you listen to the media you’d think this guy redefined the position, is retiring with 7 Super Bowl trophies and dissevers a spot on “The Sports Mt. Rushmore” next to Michael Jordan. I do believe that he is worthy of the Hall of Fame but I draw the line when the media says things like, “the NFL will never be the same” or that “football just won’t be fun anymore.” Is watching an over hill has been throw multiple interceptions in a game really that much fun?
Tony Romo is apparently the heir apparent to continue Favre’s style of play. I sincerely hope not. It is my hope that Tony continues to grow and develops his own style. A style that tomorrow’s QB’s try to emulate; a style that produces more touchdowns, less interceptions and more super bowls.