On Saturday a crowd of 67,000 fans gathered at Lambeau Field to witness Favre’s induction to Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame – a powerful testament to what Favre accomplished in Green Bay. No quarterback in NFL history was as uniquely entertaining as Favre, and for that reason few quarterbacks were able to create as many memories as #4. With that in mind, now is a good time to reflect on the memorable moments that happened courtesy of Brett Favre.
My personal favorite Favre moment took place during early stages of the short-but-forgettable Ray Rhodes era.
The Packers-Bears rivalry might have the most historical significance, but nothing routinely matched the intensity of a Packers-Vikings tilt from the late 90s to the mid 00s. This rivalry kicked into high gear in 1998 when the Minnesota Vikings – and rookie phenom Randy Moss – stormed into Lambeau for a Monday Night Football game. The subsequent thrashing was so thorough that the Packers used their first three picks of the 1999 draft on defensive backs.
The Packers had a chance to avenge the Monday Night debacle in Week Three of the 1999 season, a game I had the privilege of attending with my father. The game was taut from start to finish, and with 1:56 left in the 4th quarter the Vikings – who had an aura of invincibility at the time – held a 20-16 lead. I have never been particularly adept at handling Packer losses, but this was never more true than when I was 14-years old. The thought of watching the Vikings win back-to-back games at Lambeau was too much to handle. This was a game Green Bay had to win.
With no timeouts to work with, Favre (in a very Favre fashion) led the Packers to the Vikings 23-yard line with :30 left. But the drive stalled and the Packers faced a 4th & 1 with the clock ticking. Needing an incredible play to avoid the horror of another Vikings win at Lambeau, Favre delivered a touchdown strike to a streaking Corey Bradford with 12 seconds left, giving the Packers a 23-20 victory. The anxious crowd erupted in euphoria and I started high-fiving everyone within 20 rows. I will never have a more enjoyable drive from Green Bay to Racine. It doesn’t get any better than that.
What is your #1 Favre moment?