Brett Favre was a gunslinger, Super Bowl champion, rich player, and one of the oldest NFL quarterbacks to ever suit up during his 20-year career. His final season in Minnesota wasn't memorable, but the year before he threw for 4,202 yards and 33 touchdowns. That's only two years removed from being named MVP of the NFL 2000.
The youngest quarterback to start an NFL game was David Woodley, who did so at the age of 17 years and 319 days. The record is now held by Peyton Manning with 18 years and 6 months. Woodley played in only one game, finishing it 0-for-3 with a touchdown and an interception. He died at the age of 24 after suffering multiple brain injuries in a car crash.
Favre was born on March 21st, 1960. So he would've been 27 years old when he started his NFL career in 1992 with the Green Bay Packers. He would've been 28 years old when he won his first Super Bowl in 1996 against his old team, the Atlanta Falcons. He would've been 29 years old when he had his most successful season in 2000 when he led the league in passing yards per game. And he would've been 30 years old when he retired after the 2008 season.
Favre left the game in 2009 at the age of 40 because of health issues related to football.
Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings concluded the 2009-2010 regular season with a 107.2 passer rating, 4202 yards passing, 33 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Favre's 19th season in the NFL has been by far his finest statistical season of his professional career. In four games against rival Green Bay, Favre has three 100+ rating games to go along with two multiple touchdown game appearances.
Favre turned 40 years old in January 2010. He is one of only nine players over the age of 40 to have at least 3,000 passing yards during the modern era (1980s). He also ranks third all time among quarterbacks with at least 3,500 passing yards after Dan Marino and Peyton Manning.
Favre remains one of the best deep ball throwers in football today. His 63% completion percentage on passes thrown 20 or more yards downfield is second only to Tom Brady this season. Favre also has the fourth highest quarterback rating when throwing into coverage among qualifying passers (minimum 150 attempts).
Favre has had three straight seasons with at least one touchdown pass in each game he has played (including playoffs). This is a new league record. The previous record was five consecutive seasons between 1944-49 by Otto Graham and 1950-54 by John Brodie.
Favre has also had three straight seasons with at least one interception thrown.
As you may know, Brett Favre completed his first NFL throw to himself, but his first to another player went to Sanjay Beach, which was the only notable thing he did in his only season in Green Bay, when he started 11 games. Sanjay is one of just two NFL players of Indian ancestry.
Favre has the third-most Pro Bowl invitations among quarterbacks in NFL history. He is the only player to have earned the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award three consecutive years, from 1995 to 1997, and one of just six quarterbacks to have won both the award and the Super Bowl in the same season.
He guided teams to eight division titles, five NFC Championship Games, and two Super Bowl appearances: Super Bowl XXXI and XXXII. He and the Packers defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI.
Brett Favre wins his 149th career game, passing John Elway for the most wins in NFL history. Favre now has more throwing yards than Marino all-time. He finished his career with 61,655 throwing yards. That's only 865 yards short of Jim Brown's 72-year-old record! Favre also has 494 completions out of 556 attempts (92.7 percent), which is third all-time behind Montana at 95.5 percent and Brady at 94.8 percent.
Favre also ranks first in many other passing categories: touchdown passes (489), consecutive games with a touchdown pass (48), seasons with 20 or more touchdown passes (3). He is also first in almost every major QB statistic, including yardage, completion percentage, and interception rate. In fact, only two players have ever led their teams to the playoffs in every year they played: Favre and Joe Montana.
In addition to being one of the best quarterbacks of all time, Brett Favre is also famous for making punts look easy. The guy is such a natural that it's hard to believe he started playing football at age five. Favre was so good that by the time he reached high school, college coaches were calling him too late for them but not too late for Missouri Southern State University.
Favre, Brett Favre led the Packers to their first playoff berth in ten years in 1993, establishing himself as one of the NFL's top quarterbacks. He was selected the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times in a row because of his agility, competitiveness, and field presence (1995, 1996, and 1997). Favre also won the award in 1991 when he played only nine games due to injury.
In addition to being one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history, Brett Favre is known for making humorous comments during press conferences and interviews. One of his most famous quotes is: "I like to play football. I don't like to talk about it."
Brett Favre announced his retirement on January 4, 2009. He ended his career with a record of 187-133-1 as a starting quarterback. The Packers went 104-58 during his tenure as their starter. He also threw for over 10,000 yards during his time with the Packers.
After retiring from football, Favre has worked as an analyst for ESPN and NBC Sports. In 2010, he became the full-time color commentator for Green Bay Packers radio broadcasts.
Favre remains one of the most popular players among fans and media members. In 2010, he ranked #4 on the NFL Network's list of the 100 Greatest Players of All Time.