It's hard to find anyone that isn't a Brett Favre fan - unless, of course, you're in Chicago. Brett Favre is a man's man, and if you weren't a fan of Brett before he played the game after his dad passed away, surely you are now.
I've been a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan as long as I can remember, so I'm giddy with the thought that Favre might be joining the team. I've been watching the press coverage for the last two days, and decided to write an open letter (list - whatever) to the Packers, explaining why they screwed the pooch with their treatment of good ol' number 4.
The Pack is a pretty tight team. Their fans are fanatical, but you can rest assured that Brett Favre is a huge part of that. His charisma sells seats, and brings fans to the team. I'm positive wherever he ends up, the new team will have record attendance games, and a new set of fans to help promote their business.
356 Completed passes last season
Some people consider Favre a dinosaur in the business, but age means nothing when you're a natural talent.
66.5% Passes completed last season.
Think that stat is low? Well, consider the fact that that percentage was Favre's best pass completion percentage of his career. That's no small feat when you think about how many years Brett's been playing.
5,377 Career completed passes.
No matter how you slice it, that's a huge number - certainly not one you disregard when a champ says he wants to come back for another year.
4,155 Passing yards last season.
Say wha??? Yep, 4,155 LAST season. This is a pretty clear sign that Brett still has a rocket arm.
61,655 Career passing yards.
So you weren't impressed with his passing yards from last year? Having 61,655 career passing yards just solidifies the fact that Favre always brings his A-game. Seeing these numbers, I guess it only makes sense not to welcome Brett back.
28 Passing touchdowns last season.
Passing yards mean nothing if they don't lead to touchdowns. With 28 passing touchdowns last year, looks like Brett's got that covered too.
455 Career touchdowns.
This is a mix of his career passing touchdowns, and his 13 rushing touchdowns, but it all adds up to superior numbers. Numbers that would have most teams begging for Favre to come back - but not Green Bay.
85.7 Career Quarterback rating.
This might not be the strongest quarterback rating you've ever seen, but when you take into account this is his career rating, you know you've got a solid player.
Maybe not the blockbuster Iron Man, but definitely football's Iron Man. A broken thumb, an almost fatal car accident, an addiction to pain medication, losing his dad, his wife diagnosed with cancer,and so many other things that would stop most people, but Favre muscled through them, which leads to our next item...
Hasn't missed a game in 16 seasons.
Probably his most noteworthy accomplishment, this stat is mind-blowing. No other player has ever held this record, and to think that Brett wouldn't try to keep this going this season is ridiculous.
Okay, maybe this is his most notable accomplishment. Not only has he not missed a game in 16 seasons, but he has started 255 of them in a row. It's easy to stay in the game if you're on the bench, but to be a starter is huge.
Most beloved quarterback in the game.
NFL network did a poll asking their viewers who the most beloved QB in the NFL is, and the outcome was hands-down Brett Favre. Not surprising at all, and leads to our number 1...
Come on, He's Brett freaking Favre!
Yeah, this is a pretty lame number one, but Brett Favre is the poster child for the Green Bay Packers. He's done more for the team than any other player, and for the Packers to treat him as if he wasn't welcome has to go down as one of the biggest fuck ups in NFL history. Had they just said, "Of course you can come back Brett, you'll have to earn your spot, but we'd love to have you," NONE of this soap opera would be happening. Then, to snub him when he shows up for camp just put the last nail in Green Bay's coffin. Brett Favre is a positive role model, and a legend of the game.
So now I'll say thank you to Green Bay, because there's a chance that Tampa will get this future hall of famer, and I promise you, we'll gladly welcome him - and then we'll be kicking your ass in week 4!
UPDATE: Brett Favre traded to New York Jets. Good luck Brett!
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