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An interactive look at Brett Favre’s decorated NFL career, from being traded to the Packers in 1992 to starting every game for the franchise for 16 seasons to returning to Green Bay this past summer as he was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and had his jersey number retired.

Text written by Mike Spofford, senior writer, Packers.com

A LEGEND IS BORN

Coached as a youth and in his days at Hancock North Central High School in Kiln, Miss., by his father, Irvin, Brett Favre didn’t grow up slinging the football all over the field. Irvin Favre coached a run-oriented option offense, which required his son to throw just a few passes per game.

That all changed at the University of Southern Mississippi, where Favre first put on a No. 4 jersey and became the team’s starting QB in the third game of his freshman season. He finished a decorated career as the school’s all-time leader in most major passing categories, and he entered the NFL as a second-round draft choice of the Atlanta Falcons in 1991.

Little did Favre know that as the Falcons were selecting him with the 33rd overall pick, future Packers GM Ron Wolf was planning to take him with the 34th choice. Leading the New York Jets’ personnel department then, Wolf had Favre rated as the top player in the entire draft, but the Jets didn’t have a first-round pick that year. Seeing his prime target snatched from his grasp, Wolf drafted Browning Nagle instead, the fourth QB taken after Dan McGwire, Todd Marinovich and Favre.

Meanwhile, the Packers had acquired an additional first-round pick for the next year in a draft-day trade with Philadelphia.

Seven months later, Wolf became GM in Green Bay, and the Packers’ first game following the hire was in Atlanta, where Favre was buried on the bench as a third-stringer. Scouting him during warm-ups, Wolf decided he was going to trade for Favre, and he used the extra first-round pick in ’92 to get him, just a couple of months after he hired Mike Holmgren as the new head coach.

"To me the most important thing in professional football is having a person at that position,” Wolf said at the time, when many were questioning why he would spend a first-round pick on a third-string QB. “His talent needs to be harnessed, but we’ve got the best guy to harness it that I’ve ever known.

“I think we've got a future here in this guy.”

Favre’s Green Bay career began inauspiciously enough. In Week 2 of the ’92 season, he entered a game in Tampa Bay in relief in the second half, and his first pass was deflected and caught, by Favre himself.

The following week was a different story, though it didn’t start out that way. Stepping in for an injured Don Majkowski, Favre fumbled four times and was sacked five times as the Packers trailed Cincinnati by 10 points midway through the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Miraculously, Favre then directed two touchdown drives, covering 88 and 92 yards, in the final eight minutes to pull out an improbable 24-23 victory, the inaugural one for both him and Holmgren.

“The guys kept hanging with me,” Favre said after the game. “They could have been saying, ‘This sucker’s killing us. Get him out of here.’”

The first of Favre’s 442 touchdown passes for the Packers went to Sterling Sharpe, but the second is the one that gave birth to the legend. A 35-yard laser-like TD throw down the right sideline to Kitrick Taylor won the game with just 13 seconds left, and a new era in Green Bay had begun.

1992

3,227 passing yards
18 touchdowns
85.3 passer rating

1993

3,303 passing yards
19 touchdowns
72.2 passer rating

1994

3,882 passing yards
33 touchdowns
90.7 passer rating

1995

4,413 passing yards
38 touchdowns
99.5 passer rating

1996

3,899 passing yards
39 touchdowns
95.8 passer rating

1997

3,867 passing yards
35 touchdowns
92.6 passer rating

1998

4,212 passing yards
31 touchdowns
87.8 passer rating

1999

4,091 passing yards
22 touchdowns
74.7 passer rating

2001

3,921 passing yards
32 touchdowns
94.1 passer rating

2002

3,658 passing yards
27 touchdowns
85.6 passer rating

2004

4,088 passing yards
30 touchdowns
92.4 passer rating

2006

3,885 passing yards
18 touchdowns
72.7 passer rating

The Gunslinger

Favre’s first NFL start came the following week, on Sept. 27, 1992, against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field. He would never miss another game in his Packers career, starting 253 consecutive games (275 including playoffs). He would eventually run the streak to 297 consecutive starts (321 including playoffs), an NFL record for any position by nearly two full seasons over the next closest streak.

His first three seasons as a starting quarterback rode like a roller coaster, the initial signs that his free-wheeling, improvisational style of play could generate exhilarating highs as quickly as depressing lows. In ’92, Favre engineered a six-game winning streak in the second half of the season, only to lose out on a wild-card playoff spot with a loss at Minnesota in the finale.

Favre also proved early on he could play through pain, separating his left shoulder on a hit from Philadelphia defensive end Reggie White in a game in Milwaukee, but soldiering on to direct a come-from-behind upset of the playoff-bound Eagles. White would later say the guts and courage Favre showed that day helped convince him to sign with Green Bay as a free agent the following year.

“Thank God he’s on our side,” Favre said upon White’s arrival.

The ups and downs continued in ’93, as Favre racked up 24 interceptions, including four in a Week 17 road loss to the Lions that cost the Packers the NFC Central title. But he returned to Detroit the following week to avenge the defeat in a memorable playoff debut, launching an improbable deep throw to his right (after a scramble to his left) that became a game-winning 40-yard touchdown toss to Sterling Sharpe with 55 seconds left.

Plenty of drama ensued in ’94, too, as Favre closed the book on Milwaukee County Stadium in a way only he could. With the Packers trailing by three, out of timeouts and facing third-and-2 from the Atlanta 9-yard line with their playoff hopes in the balance, Favre daringly took off running to his right, got tripped up and dove headlong across the goal line for the game-winning score with just 14 seconds left in Green Bay’s final contest in Milwaukee.

“It’s vintage Brett Favre,” kicker Chris Jacke said after the game. “Dumb and brilliant at the same time. If he doesn’t make the first down or get out of bounds, we’d have been in trouble.

“I guess you just have to live and die with the kid.”

“Throwing a touchdown at Lambeau Field, running out of that tunnel, there’s nothing like it on this earth”

-Brett Favre

A Three-time MVP

No one had won the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award three times, let alone in three consecutive years, until Favre’s remarkable run of excellence from 1995-97.

He led the league in touchdown passes all three years, throwing 112 in the three regular seasons. The fifth TD pass in that stretch, in Week 2 of ‘95, was the one that seemingly got the ball rolling – a record-tying 99-yard connection to Robert Brooks on a Monday night in Chicago.

Two months later, heading into the rematch against the Bears at Lambeau Field, Favre was out all week with an injured and severely swollen ankle. Yet he not only played with a tape job Favre himself described as like a cast, he threw five TD passes to win a shootout against the Bears and begin the MVP talk in earnest.

“He’s a tough guy,” Holmgren said after the key division win. “I don’t want anybody to think we were sandbagging. (The injury) was an ugly thing.

“Nothing he does surprises me, good or bad.”

Favre won the first two MVP awards outright and then shared the third in ‘97 with a division rival, Detroit running back Barry Sanders. He led the Packers to regular-season records of 11-5, 13-3 and 13-3 again, carrying over his MVP play to the postseason as well.

He was brilliant in the ‘95 NFC divisional playoff upset in San Francisco that announced the Packers as legitimate contenders. His 132.9 passer rating that day was his highest in a playoff game until his final season in Green Bay.

He was remarkably consistent in the ’96 postseason in leading the Packers to their Super Bowl XXXI triumph, compiling consecutive passer ratings of 107.4, 107.3 and 107.9 despite the victories coming in the rain and mud (over San Francisco in the divisional round), in the bitter cold (over Carolina to win the NFC title) and in a dome (over New England in the Super Bowl).

Favre’s third MVP season concluded with a second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl, where he came up short in a memorable showdown against another future Hall of Fame quarterback in Denver’s John Elway, but history had been made.

The Packers had returned to the Super Bowl for the first time since the Lombardi era, and had done so in back-to-back years, just as they’d done for the first two big games. And Favre was the league’s top player three years running, a feat still unmatched despite one player (Peyton Manning) now having won a record five MVPs.

Transition Years

Beginning in 1998, Favre would play the next three seasons for three different head coaches as the organization went through multiple transitions.

In ’98, Favre’s string of MVPs ended despite leading the NFL in completion percentage (63.0) and passing yards (4,212), the second of his five 4,000-yard seasons in Green Bay. The Packers’ run of Super Bowl appearances also concluded in shocking and heartbreaking fashion, as the 49ers avenged three straight years of playoff defeats to the Packers with a last-second, game-winning Steve Young to Terrell Owens TD pass in the wild-card round.

That turned out to be Holmgren’s final game as head coach, and the short-lived year of Ray Rhodes in ’99 featured Favre’s introduction to Mike McCarthy as his QB coach. That year, Favre directed three last-minute comebacks in the first four weeks of the season, all at Lambeau Field. Playing with a painful thumb injury, he threw a TD pass to Jeff Thomason with 11 seconds left to beat Oakland in the opener and a fourth-down, drawn-in-the-dirt TD strike to Corey Bradford with 12 seconds left to defeat Minnesota. One week later, on his 30th birthday in prime time, he found Antonio Freeman for a TD with 1:05 left to down Tampa Bay, stirring talk of another MVP and potentially magical season.

“When you come into the last seconds of a game and see No. 4, Brett Favre, drop back and make things happen – believe you me, it's exhausting," Rhodes said after the second of the three stunning comebacks. “That was close to a miracle.”

It wasn’t to be, though, as the Packers lost six of nine games through November and December, Rhodes was fired, and Mike Sherman took over as head coach in 2000. The Sherman era began in fits and starts, and even though four straight wins to end the year did not secure a playoff berth, the strong finish brought faith that Favre’s and the Packers’ postseason absence wouldn’t last more than two years.

Brett Favre had 321 consecutive starts over 20 seasons

The Ironman

As Favre’s career continued, his streak of consecutive starts became as legendary as his All Pro-caliber play.

When he broke Ron Jaworski’s record of 116 consecutive starts for a quarterback with his 117th in the middle of the 1999 season, he wasn’t even halfway done. Five years later, the streak reached 200 games, and then he began surpassing a string of Hall of Famers on the all-time list for consecutive starts – Gene Upshaw (207), Jim Otto (210), Alan Page (215) and Bruce Matthews (229).

In his final season in Green Bay in 2007, Favre passed Mick Tingelhoff (240) and concluded his Packers career with 253 consecutive regular-season starts, behind only Jim Marshall’s streak of 270.

No game was more emblematic of both the streak and the success, of course, than a Monday night in Oakland, on Dec. 22, 2003. The day before the game, Favre’s father suddenly died of a heart attack, but the Ironman never seriously considered not playing, knowing his father would have wanted him to.

Taking the field with a heavy heart and with his teammates rallying to support him, Favre played perhaps the most remarkable game of his career, throwing for 399 yards and four touchdowns for a personal-best 154.9 passer rating. All four of the TDs came in the first half, as Javon Walker and Wesley Walls made spectacular catches in the end zone, and the Packers rolled to a 41-7 victory. Favre even received heartfelt applause from Raiders fans of the famed “Black Hole” as the Packers remained in the playoff hunt.

“You couldn't draw up a script better than that," Sherman said afterward. "You hoped he'd play that type of game but the chances of that happening, unless it's Brett Favre, are unlikely. This guy put together a career day.”

Brett Favre currently holds 24 Green Bay Packers records

most games played

255
Brett Favre, 1992-2007
205
Donald Driver, 1999-2002
196
Bart Starr, 1956-71

Most passes completed, career

5,377
Brett Favre, 1992-2007
2,286
Aaron Rodgers, 2005-14
1,808
Bart Starr, 1956-71

Most yards passing, career

61,655
Brett Favre, 1992-2007
28,578
Aaron Rodgers, 2005-14
24,718
Bart Starr, 1956-71

most touchdown passes, career

442
Brett Favre, 1992-2007
226
Aaron Rodgers, 1999-2002
152
Bart Starr, 1956-71

most consecutive games played

255
Brett Favre, 1992-2007
187
Forrest Gregg, 1956, 1958-70
167
Rob Davis, 1997-2007

Most passes completed, seasons

372
Brett Favre, 2005
371
Aaron Rodgers, 2012
363
Bart Starr, 1994

Most season, 3,000 or more yards passing

16
Brett Favre, 1992-2007
6
Aaron Rodgers, 2008-12, 2014
3
Lynn Dickey, 1980, 1983-84

most games, four or more TD passes, career

19
Brett Favre, 1992-2007
14
Aaron Rodgers, 2005-14
5
Lynn Dickey, 1976-77,1979-85

most seasons leading team, passing attempts

16
Brett Favre, 1992-2007
13
Bart Starr, 1957-68, 1970
8
Lynn Dickey, 1976-77, 1980-85

Most passes completed, game

36
Brett Favre, at CHI, Dec. 5 1993
35
Lynn Dickey, at TB, Oct. 12, 1980
34
Don Majkowski, at DET, Nov. 12, 1989

Most consecutive season, 3,000 or more yards passing

16
Brett Favre, 1992-2007
5
Aaron Rodgers, 2008-12
2
Lynn Dickey, 1983-84

most games, four or more TD passes, season

5
Brett Favre, 1996
Aaron Rodgers, 2011
4
Aaron Rodgers, 2012

most consecutive seasons leading team, passing attempts

16
Brett Favre, 1992-2007
12
Bart Starr, 1957-68
7
Aaron Rodgers, 2008-14

Most consecutive passes completed

20
Brett Favre, at DET, Nov. 22 2007
18
Lynn Dickey, at HOU, Sept. 4, 1983
Don Majkowski, vs NO, Sept. 17, 1989

Most games, 300 or more yards passing, career

55
Brett Favre, 1992-2007
40
Aaron Rodgers, 2005-14
15
Lynn Dickey, 1976-77, 1979-85

most consecutive games, four or more TD passes

2
Brett Favre (Gm 5-6, 1996)
Brett Favre (Gm 14-15, 2003)
Aaron Rodgers (Gm 8-9, 2011)

most passes attempted, season

613
Brett Favre, 2006
605
Brett Favre, 2005
599
Don Majkowski, 1989

Most seasons leading team, yards passing

16
Brett Favre, 1992-2007
12
Bart Starr, 1957, 1959-68, 1970
8
Lynn Dickey, 1976-77, 1980-85

Most seasons leading league, TD passes

4
Brett Favre, 1995-97, 2003
3
Arnie Herber, 1932, 1934, 1936
2
Cecil Isabell, 1941-42

most consecutive games with a TD pass

36
Brett Favre
22
Cecil Isabell
19
Aaron Rodgers

most passes attempted, game

61
Brett Favre, vs. SF, Oct. 14, 1996
59
Don Majkowski, at DET, Nov. 12, 1989
58
Brett Favre, at CHI, Dec. 4, 2005

Most consecutive seasons leading team, yards passing

16
Brett Favre, 1992-2007
10
Bart Starr, 1959-68
7
Aaron Rodgers, 2008-14

Most consecutive seasons leading league, TD passes

4
Brett Favre, 1995-97
3
Cecil Isabell, 1941-42
2
Tobin Rote, 1955-56

Longest pass completion (All TDs)

99
Brett Favre to Robert Brooks, at CHI, Sept. 11, 1995
96
Tobin Rote to Bily Grimes, SF, Dec. 10, 1950
95
Lynn Dickey to Steve Odom, at MIN, Oct. 2, 1977

The Reunion/Revival

In 2006, Favre was reunited with a former position coach in McCarthy when the Pittsburgh native returned to Green Bay as head coach, and a new direction for the team and the offense revived Favre’s career.

One year after throwing a career-worst 29 interceptions in the Packers’ 4-12 season of 2005, Favre reduced his interceptions to 18. He performed his first Lambeau Leap after rushing for a touchdown, and he also began a new mini-tradition of picking up his receivers in a fireman’s carry after big, exciting plays.

By 2007, he was once again playing like the Favre of old. Recording the highest completion percentage of his career and his fifth 4,000-yard passing season, Favre posted his highest passer rating since his second MVP season of 1996, earned his ninth Pro Bowl bid, and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as the magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year.”

Quoted in SI’s annual “Sportsman” piece, Favre said, “I don’t know how it’s going to end, but I do know this: Throwing a touchdown pass for the Green Bay Packers is pretty neat. I've thrown a ton, and every one of them was a helluva lot of fun.”

In leading the Packers to a 13-3 record, Favre tied and broke Dan Marino’s all-time record for touchdown passes, hitting Greg Jennings for both his 420th (vs. San Diego, Week 3) and 421st (at Minnesota, Week 4) passing scores. Later that season, a short pass to Donald Driver (at St. Louis, Week 15) broke Marino’s all-time passing yardage mark.

Other signature highlights included a fourth-quarter comeback in Kansas City to give Favre at least one victory over every other NFL team, a first-play-of-overtime 82-yard TD strike to Jennings to beat Denver on Monday Night Football, a team-record 20 straight completions in a Thanksgiving triumph in Detroit, and a snowball-throwing celebration in the midst of scoring six TDs on six straight possessions in a home playoff win over Seattle.

The Packers came within an overtime period of returning to the Super Bowl, but on a frigidly cold day at Lambeau in the NFC title game with fellow Green Bay legend Bart Starr serving as honorary captain, it wasn’t to be. Typical of his career, Favre’s final game in Green Bay had its highs and lows, with a franchise playoff record 90-yard TD pass to Driver and an OT interception that preceded the Giants’ game-winning field goal.

Brett Favre threw 508 touchdown passes over 20 seasons to 62 different receivers

  1. Sterling Sharpe, 5 yards, Sep 1992
  2. Kitrick Taylor, 35 yards, Sep 1992
  3. Sterling Sharpe, 76 yards, Sep 1992
  4. Robert Brooks, 8 yards, Sep 1992
  5. Sterling Sharpe, 15 yards, Oct 1992
  6. Sterling Sharpe, 10 yards, Oct 1992
  7. Jackie Harris, 14 yards, Nov 1992
  8. Sterling Sharpe, 30 yards, Nov 1992
  9. Sterling Sharpe, 5 yards, Nov 1992
  10. Darrell Thompson, 3 yards, Nov 1992
  11. Sterling Sharpe, 49 yards, Nov 1992
  12. Jackie Harris, 9 yards, Nov 1992
  13. Sterling Sharpe, 65 yards, Dec 1992
  14. Harry Sydney, 9 yards, Dec 1992
  15. Sterling Sharpe, 9 yards, Dec 1992
  16. Sterling Sharpe, 6 yards, Dec 1992
  17. Sterling Sharpe, 17 yards, Dec 1992
  18. Sterling Sharpe, 16 yards, Dec 1992
  19. Sterling Sharpe, 50 yards, Sep 1993
  20. Mark Clayton, 4 yards, Sep 1993
  21. Sterling Sharpe, 2 yards, Sep 1993
  1. Jackie Harris, 15 yards, Sep 1993
  2. Jackie Harris, 66 yards, Oct 1993
  3. Sterling Sharpe 7 yards, Oct 1993
  4. Sterling Sharpe 30 yards, Oct 1993
  5. Sterling Sharpe 10 yards, Oct 1993
  6. Sterling Sharpe 32 yards, Oct 1993
  7. Sterling Sharpe 21 yards, Oct 1993
  8. Jackie Harris, 35 yards, Nov 1993
  9. Jackie Harris, 1 yard, Nov 1993
  10. Sterling Sharpe 2 yards, Nov 1993
  11. Sterling Sharpe 18 yards, Dec 1993
  12. Mark Clayton, 22 yards, Dec 1993
  13. Sterling Sharpe 37 yards, Dec 1993
  14. Mark Clayton, 11 yards, Dec 1993
  15. Sterling Sharpe 23 yards, Dec 1993
  16. Edgar Bennett, 9 yards, Jan 1993
  17. Sterling Sharpe 14 yards, Sep 1994
  18. Ed West, 2 yards, Sep 1994
  19. Sterling Sharpe 9 yards, Sep 1994
  20. Reggie Cobb, 37 yards, Sep 1994
  21. Edgar Bennett, 9 yards, Sep 1994
  1. Ed West, 20 yards, Sep 1994
  2. Sterling Sharpe, 3 yards, Sep 1994
  3. Sterling Sharpe, 11 yards, Oct 1994
  4. Sterling Sharpe, 8 yards, Oct 1994
  5. Edgar Bennett, 13 yards, Oct 1994
  6. Edgar Bennett, 17 yards, Nov 1994
  7. Robert Brooks, 12 yards, Nov 1994
  8. Robert Brooks, 28 yards, Nov 1994
  9. Robert Brooks, 11 yards, Nov 1994
  10. Anthony Morgan, 17 yards, Nov 1994
  11. Sterling Sharpe, 29 yards, Nov 1994
  12. Edgar Bennett, 5 yards, Nov 1994
  13. Sterling Sharpe, 26 yards, Nov 1994
  14. Sterling Sharpe, 1 yard, Nov 1994
  15. Sterling Sharpe, 36 yards, Nov 1994
  16. Sterling Sharpe, 30 yards, Nov 1994
  17. Sterling Sharpe, 5 yards, Nov 1994
  18. Anthony Morgan, 26 yards, Dec 1994
  19. Sterling Sharpe, 22 yards, Dec 1994
  20. Anthony Morgan, 47 yards, Dec 1994
  21. Robert Brooks, 12 yards Dec 1994
  1. Sterling Sharpe, 13 yards, Dec 1994
  2. Sterling Sharpe, 22 yards, Dec 1994
  3. Sterling Sharpe, 8 yards Dec 1994
  4. Anthony Morgan, 15 yards Dec 1994
  5. Sterling Sharpe, 6 yards Dec 1994
  6. Sterling Sharpe, 22 yards, Dec 1994
  7. Sterling Sharpe, 6 yards Dec 1994
  8. Mark Chmura, 7 yards Sep 1995
  9. Charles Jordan, 11 yards Sep 1995
  10. Robert Brooks, 4 yards, Sep 1995
  11. Anthony Morgan, 15 yards Sep 1995
  12. Robert Brooks, 99 yards, Sep 1995
  13. Mark Ingram, 11 yards, Sep 1995
  14. Robert Brooks, 19 yards, Sep 1995
  15. Robert Brooks, 6 yards, Sep 1995
  16. Anthony Morgan, 29 yards Sep 1995
  17. Mark Chmura, 11 yards, Oct 1995
  18. Dorsey Levens, 7 yards, Oct 1995
  19. Robert Brooks, 12 yards, Oct 1995
  20. Mark Chmura, 12 yards, Oct 1995
  21. Charles Jordan, 5 yards, Oct 1995
  1. Dorsey Levens, 5 yards, Oct 1995
  2. Edgar Bennett, 6 yards, Oct 1995
  3. Robert Brooks, 77 yards, Oct 1995
  4. Edgar Bennett, 17 yards, Nov 1995
  5. Robert Brooks, 29 yards, Nov 1995
  6. Dorsey Levens, 1 yards, Nov 1995
  7. Robert Brooks, 44 yards Nov 1995
  8. Edgar Bennett, 16 yards Nov 1995
  9. Dorsey Levens, 6 yards Nov 1995
  10. Mark Chmura 3 yards Nov 1995
  11. Anthony Morgan 13 yards, Nov 1995
  12. Mark Ingram, 9 yards, Nov 1995
  13. Robert Brooks, 54 yards, Nov 1995
  14. Robert Brooks, 3 yards, Nov 1995
  15. Mark Ingram, 13 yards, Dec 1995
  16. Edgar Bennett, 14 yards, Dec 1995
  17. Mark Chmura 8 yards, Dec 1995
  18. Keith Jackson, 8 yards, Dec 1995
  19. Anthony Morgan 19 yards, Dec 1995
  20. Robert Brooks, 17 yards, Dec 1995
  21. Robert Brooks, 40 yards, Dec 1995
  1. Antonio Freeman, 11 yards, Dec 1995
  2. Robert Brooks, 19 yards, Dec 1995
  3. Mark Chmura 1 yard, Dec 1995
  4. Keith Jackson, 1 yard, Sep 1996
  5. Keith Jackson, 4 yards, Sep 1996
  6. Keith Jackson, 51 yards, Sep 1996
  7. Dorsey Levens, 1 yard, Sep 1996
  8. Robert Brooks, 25 yards, Sep 1996
  9. Robert Brooks, 20 yards, Sep 1996
  10. Edgar Bennett, 25 yards, Sep 1996
  11. Antonio Freeman 19 yards, Sep 1996
  12. William Henderson, 8 yards, Sep 1996
  13. Keith Jackson, 7 yards, Sep 1996
  14. Robert Brooks, 13 yards, Sep 1996
  15. Don Beebe, 80 yards, Sep 1996
  16. Antonio Freeman 13 yards, Sep 1996
  17. Dorsey Levens, 4 yards, Sep 1996
  18. Keith Jackson, 10 yards, Sep 1996
  19. Antonio Freeman 4 yards, Sep 1996
  20. Robert Brooks, 18 yards, Oct 1996
  21. Keith Jackson, 2 yards, Oct 1996
  1. Antonio Freeman, 50 yards, Oct 1996
  2. Antonio Freeman, 35 yards, Oct 1996
  3. Don Beebe, 59 yards, Oct 1996
  4. Dorsey Levens, 1 yard, Nov 996
  5. Terry Mickens, 1 yard, Nov 99
  6. Terry Mickens, 6 yards, Nov 1996
  7. Don Beebe, 65 yards, Nov 996
  8. Don Beebe, 25 yards, Nov 996
  9. Derrick Mayes, 6 yards, Nov 1996
  10. Derrick Mayes, 3 yards, Nov 1996
  11. Keith Jackson, 6 yards, Nov 1996
  12. Dorsey Levens, 5 yards, Nov 1996
  13. Keith Jackson, 19 yards Dec 1996
  14. Antonio Freeman, 14 yards, Dec 996
  15. Antonio Freeman, 51 yards, Dec 996
  16. Keith Jackson, 1 yard, Dec 1996
  17. Antonio Freeman, 25 yards, Dec 996
  18. Antonio Freeman, 27 yards, Dec 996
  19. Dorsey Levens, 13 yards Dec 1996
  20. Andre Rison, 22 yards Dec 1996
  21. Keith Jackson, 23 yards Dec 1996
  1. Jeff Thomason, 1 yard, Sep 1997
  2. Robert Brooks, 18 yards Sep 1997
  3. Antonio Freeman, 2 yard, Sep 1997
  4. William Henderson, 10 yards, Sep 1997
  5. Robert Brooks, 19 yards, Sep 1997
  6. Antonio Freeman, 28 yards, Sep 1997
  7. Antonio Freeman, 15 yards, Sep 1997
  8. Terry Mickens, 2 yards, Sep 1997
  9. Mark Chmura, 2 yards, Sep 1997
  10. Bill Schroeder, 7 yards, Sep 1997
  11. Antonio Freeman, 31 yards, Oct 1997
  12. Antonio Freeman, 6 yards, Oct 1997
  13. Mark Chmura 2 yards, Oct 1997
  14. Dorsey Levens, 1 yard, Oct 1997
  15. Mark Chmura 12 yards, Oct 1997
  16. Dorsey Levens, 6 yards, Oct 1997
  17. Mark Chmura 32 yards, Oct 1997
  18. Robert Brooks, 20 yards, Oct 1997
  19. Robert Brooks, 26 yards, Nov 1997
  20. Antonio Freeman 25 yards, Nov 1997
  21. Dorsey Levens, 3 yards, Nov 1997
  1. Antonio Freeman 16 yards, Nov 1997
  2. Antonio Freeman, 26 yards, Nov 1997
  3. Dorsey Levens, 7 yards, Nov 1997
  4. Mark Chmura, 4 yards, Nov 1997
  5. Mark Chmura, 2 yards, Nov 1997
  6. Antonio Freeman 23 yards, Nov 1997
  7. Robert Brooks, 18 yards, Dec 1997
  8. Robert Brooks, 43 yards, Dec 1997
  9. Dorsey Levens, 8 yards, Dec 1997
  10. Antonio Freeman, 58 yards, Dec 1997
  11. Robert Brooks, 20 yards, Dec 1997
  12. Antonio Freeman, 6 yards, Dec 1997
  13. Antonio Freeman, 4 yards, Dec 1997
  14. Tyrone Davis, 2 yards, Dec 1997
  15. Antonio Freeman, 6 yards, Sep 1998
  16. Antonio Freeman, 84 yards, Sep 1998
  17. Tyrone Davis, 10 yards, Sep 1998
  18. Antonio Freeman, 38 yards, Sep 1998
  19. Robert Brooks, 16 yards, Sep 1998
  20. Mark Chmura, 25 yards, Sep 1998
  21. Derrick Mayes, 21 yards, Sep 1998
  1. Tyrone Davis, 20 yards, Sep 1998
  2. Derrick Mayes, 4 yards, Sep 1998
  3. Derrick Mayes, 33 yards, Sep 1998
  4. Antonio Freeman, 67 yards, Oct 1998
  5. Antonio Freeman, 14 yards, Oct 1998
  6. Antonio Freeman, 4 yards, Oct 1998
  7. Robert Brooks, 28 yards, Oct 1998
  8. Antonio Freeman, 80 yards, Nov 1998
  9. Robert Brooks, 30 yards, Nov 1998
  10. Antonio Freeman, 62 yards, Nov 1998
  11. Tyrone Davis, 2 yards, Nov 1998
  12. Tyrone Davis, 60 yards, Nov 1998
  13. Tyrone Davis, 12 yards, Nov 1998
  14. Tyrone Davis, 2 yards, Nov 1998
  15. William Henderson, 1 yard, Nov 1998
  16. Antonio Freeman, 33 yards, Nov 1998
  17. Mark Chmura, 4 yards, Dec 1998
  18. Mark Chmura, 1 yard, Dec 1998
  19. Mark Chmura, 6 yards, Dec 1998
  20. Antonio Freeman, 13 yards, Dec 1998
  21. Antonio Freeman, 57 yards, Dec 1998
  1. Antonio Freeman, 68 yards, Dec 1998
  2. Antonio Freeman, 32 yards, Dec 1998
  3. Antonio Freeman, 8 yards, Dec 1998
  4. Bill Schroeder, 4 yards, Sep 1999
  5. Antonio Freeman, 12 yards, Sep 1999
  6. Corey Bradford, 8 yards, Sep 1999
  7. Jeff Thomason, 1 yard, Sep 1999
  8. Corey Bradford, 23 yards, Sep 1999
  9. Antonio Freeman, 19 yards, Oct 1999
  10. Antonio Freeman, 21 yards, Oct 1999
  11. William Henderson, 7 yards, Oct 1999
  12. Bill Schroeder, 6 yards, Oct 1999
  13. Antonio Freeman, 3 yards, Oct 1999
  14. Corey Bradford, 74 yards, Nov 1999
  15. Tyrone Davis, 7 yards, Nov 1999
  16. Antonio Freeman, 28 yards, Nov 1999
  17. Corey Bradford, 17 yards, Nov 1999
  18. Corey Bradford, 13 yards, Nov 1999
  19. Tyrone Davis, 10 yards, Nov 1999
  20. Bill Schroeder, 6 yards, Dec 1999
  21. Antonio Freeman, 19 yards, Dec 1999
  1. Donald Driver, 8 yards, Dec 1999
  2. Dorsey Levens, 20 yards, Dec 1999
  3. Bill Schroeder, 10 yards, Jan 1999
  4. Bill Schroeder, 32 yards, Jan 1999
  5. Tyrone Davis, 4 yards, Sep 2000
  6. Antonio Freeman, 7 yards, Sep 2000
  7. Antonio Freeman, 18 yards, Sep 2000
  8. Bill Schroeder, 55 yards, Sep 2000
  9. Antonio Freeman, 14 yards, Oct 2000
  10. Bill Schroeder, 17 yards, Oct 2000
  11. Bill Schroeder, 17 yards, Oct 2000
  12. Antonio Freeman, 5 yards, Oct 2000
  13. William Henderson, 7 yards, Oct 2000
  14. Antonio Freeman, 67 yards, Oct 2000
  15. Ahman Green, 5 yards, Nov 2000
  16. Antonio Freeman, 43 yards, Nov 2000
  17. Tyrone Davis, 1 yard, Nov 2000
  18. Antonio Freeman, 17 yards, Nov 2000
  19. Donald Driver, 32 yards, Nov 2000
  20. Antonio Freeman, 5 yards, Dec 2000
  21. Ahman Green, 3 yards, Dec 2000
  1. Antonio Freeman, 18 yards, Dec 2000
  2. Ahman Green, 6 yards, Dec 2000
  3. Bill Schroeder, 3 yards, Dec 2000
  4. Bill Schroeder, 23 yards, Sep 2001
  5. Bubba Franks, 1 yard, Sep 2001
  6. Antonio Freeman, 12 yards, Sep 2001
  7. Bill Schroeder, 41 yards, Sep 2001
  8. Bubba Franks, 4 yards, Sep 2001
  9. Bill Schroeder, 12 yards, Sep 2001
  10. Bubba Franks, 6 yards, Sep 2001
  11. Corey Bradford, 5 yards, Sep 2001
  12. Bill Schroeder, 67 yards, Oct 2001
  13. Bubba Franks, 2 yards, Oct 2001
  14. Antonio Freeman, 8 yards, Oct 2001
  15. Bubba Franks, 2 yards, Oct 2001
  16. Bubba Franks, 2 yards, Oct 2001
  17. Charles Lee, 3 yards, Oct 2001
  18. Antonio Freeman, 21 yards, Nov 2001
  19. Bill Schroeder, 41 yards, Nov 2001
  20. Antonio Freeman, 9 yards, Nov 2001
  21. Bill Schroeder, 4 yards, Nov 2001
  1. Antonio Freeman, 39 yards, Nov 2001
  2. David Martin, 1 yard, Nov 2001
  3. Ahman Green, 35 yards, Nov 2001
  4. Ahman Green, 13 yards, Dec 2001
  5. Bill Schroeder, 43 yards, Dec 2001
  6. Bubba Franks, 1 yard, Dec 2001
  7. Antonio Freeman, 3 yards, Dec 2001
  8. Donald Driver, 7 yards, Dec 2001
  9. Bill Schroeder, 16 yards, Dec 2001
  10. Bubba Franks, 1 yard, Dec 2001
  11. Bubba Franks, 4 yards, Dec 2001
  12. Dorsey Levens, 16 yards, Dec 2001
  13. Bill Schroeder, 26 yards, Jan 2001
  14. Corey Bradford, 54 yards, Jan 2001
  15. David Martin, 3 yards, Sep 2002
  16. Javon Walker, 13 yards, Sep 2002
  17. Terry Glenn, 14 yards, Sep 2002
  18. Donald Driver, 26 yards, Sep 2002
  19. Donald Driver, 21 yards, Sep 2002
  20. Robert Ferguson, 8 yards, Sep 2002
  21. Bubba Franks, 3 yards, Sep 2002
  1. Donald Driver, 22 yards, Oct 2002
  2. Donal Driver, 85 yards, Oct 2002
  3. Tyrone Davis, 19 yards, Oct 2002
  4. Bubba Franks, 5 yards, Oct 2002
  5. William Henderson, 3 yards, Oct 2002
  6. Ahman Green, 8 yards, Oct 2002
  7. Bubba Franks, 2 yards, Oct 2002
  8. Ahman Green, 23 yards, Nov 2002
  9. Bubba Franks, 4 yards, Nov 2002
  10. William Henderson, 9 yards, Nov 2002
  11. Bubba Franks, 1 yard, Nov 2002
  12. Donald Driver, 84 yards, Nov 2002
  13. Donald Driver, 4 yards, Nov 2002
  14. Bubba Franks, 6 yards, Dec 2002
  15. William Henderson, 1 yard, Dec 2002
  16. Robert Ferguson, 21 yards, Dec 2002
  17. Robert Ferguson, 40 yards, Dec 2002
  18. Donald Driver, 5 yards, Dec 2002
  19. Donald Driver, 11 yards, Dec 2002
  20. Terry Glenn, 14 yards, Dec 2002
  21. Javon Walker, 24 yards, Sep 2003
  1. Tony Fisher, 5 yards, Sep 2003
  2. Robert Ferguson, 14 yards, Sep 2003
  3. David Martin, 4 yards, Sep 2003
  4. William Henderson, 14 yards, Sep 2003
  5. Javon Walker, 9 yards, Sep 2003
  6. Bubba Franks, 1 yard, Sep 2003
  7. Donald Driver, 34 yards, Oct 2003
  8. William Henderson, 2 yards, Oct 2003
  9. Bubba Franks, 1 yard, Oct 2003
  10. Ahman Green, 11 yards, Oct 2003
  11. Ahman Green, 21 yards, Oct 2003
  12. William Henderson, 1 yard, Oct 2003
  13. Ahman Green, 5 yards, Nov 2003
  14. Javon Walker, 12 yards, Nov 2003
  15. Javon Walker, 12 yards, Nov 2003
  16. Ahman Green, 24 yards, Nov 2003
  17. Tony Fisher, 5 yards, Nov 2003
  18. Javon Walker, 66 yards, Nov 2003
  19. Robert Ferguson, 16 yards, Nov 2003
  20. Bubba Franks, 5 yards, Nov 2003
  21. Javon Walker, 45 yards, Nov 2003
  1. Javon Walker, 22 yards, Dec 2003
  2. Donald Driver, 7 yards, Dec 2003
  3. Robert Ferguson, 40 yards, Dec 2003
  4. Ahman Green, 1 yard, Dec 2003
  5. Robert Ferguson, 16 yards, Dec 2003
  6. Wesley Walls, 22 yards, Dec 2003
  7. Javon Walker, 23 yards, Dec 2003
  8. Javon Walker, 43 yards, Dec 2003
  9. David Martin, 6 yards, Dec 2003
  10. Bubba Franks, 2 yards, Dec 2003
  11. Ahman Green, 3 yards, Sep 2004
  12. Robert Ferguson, 18 yards, Sep 2004
  13. Javon Walker, 36 yards, Sep 2004
  14. Javon Walker, 79 yards, Sep 2004
  15. Javon Walker, 12 yards, Sep 2004
  16. Donald Driver, 27 yards, Sep 2004
  17. Javon Walker, 28 yards, Oct 2004
  18. Bubba Franks, 1 yard, Oct 2004
  19. Bubba Franks, 11 yards, Oct 2004
  20. Donald Driver, 7 yards, Oct 2004
  21. Tony Fisher, 13 yards, Oct 2004
  1. Javon Walker, 5 yards, Oct 2004
  2. Donald Driver, 33 yards, Oct 2004
  3. Javon Walker, 9 yard, Oct 2004
  4. Javon Walker, 50 yards, Nov 2004
  5. Tony Fisher, 2 yards, Nov 2004
  6. Bubba Franks, 17 yards, Nov 2004
  7. William Henderson, 6 yards, Nov 2004
  8. Donald Driver, 24 yards, Nov 2004
  9. Bubba Franks, 7 yards, Nov 2004
  10. Javon Walker, 10 yards, Nov 2004
  11. Donald Driver, 16 yards, Nov 2004
  12. Donald Driver, 23 yards, Dec 2004
  13. Donald Driver, 32 yards, Dec 2004
  14. Antonio Chatman, 6 yards, Dec 2004
  15. Bubba Franks, 22 yards, Dec 2004
  16. Javon Walker, 9 yards, Dec 2004
  17. Donald Driver, 3 yards, Dec 2004
  18. Bubba Franks, 17 yards, Jan 2004
  19. William Henderson, 38 yards, Jan 2004
  20. Donald Driver, 42 yards, Sep 2005
  21. Robert Ferguson, 19 yards, Sep 2005
  1. Tony Fisher, 4 yards, Sep 2005
  2. Robert Ferguson, 37 yards, Sep 2005
  3. Antonio Chatman, 20 yards, Sep 2005
  4. David Martin, 21 yard, Oct 2005
  5. Donald Driver, 26 yards, Oct 2005
  6. Donald Lee, 16 yards, Oct 2005
  7. Antonio Chatman, 4 yards, Oct 2005
  8. Robert Ferguson, 25 yards, Oct 2005
  9. David Martin, 1 yard, Oct 2005
  10. Donald Lee, 26 yards, Oct 2005
  11. Donald Driver, 22 yards, Oct 2005
  12. Antonio Chatman, 4 yards, Oct 2005
  13. Bubba Franks, 1 yard, Oct 2005
  14. Samkon Gado, 1 yard, Nov 2005
  15. Donald Driver, 15 yards, Nov 2005
  16. Donald Driver, 53 yards, Nov 2005
  17. David Martin, 13 yards, Nov 2005
  18. Antonio Chatman, 9 yards, Jan 2005
  19. Greg Jennings, 22 yards, Sep 2006
  20. Robert Ferguson, 4 yards, Sep 2006
  21. Noah Herron, 6 yards, Sep 2006
  1. Greg Jennings, 75 yards, Sep 2006
  2. Donald Driver, 5 yards, Sep 2006
  3. Ahman Green, 10 yards, Sep 2006
  4. Greg Jennings, 46 yards, Oct 2006
  5. Donald Driver, 34 yards, Oct 2006
  6. David Martin, 13 yards, Oct 2006
  7. David Martin, 1 yard, Oct 2006
  8. Donald Driver, 1 yard, Nov 2006
  9. Noah Herron, 5 yards, Nov 2006
  10. Donald Driver, 82 yards, Nov 2006
  11. Donald Driver, 48 yards, Nov 2006
  12. Donald Driver, 20 yards, Dec 2006
  13. Ruvell Martin, 36 yards, Dec 2006
  14. Donald Driver, 68 yards, Dec 2006
  15. Donald Driver, 9 yards, Dec 2006
  16. Bubba Franks, 2 yards, Sep 2007
  17. Donald Lee, 3 yards, Sep 2007
  18. Donald Driver, 10 yards, Sep 2007
  19. Donald Driver, 5 yards, Sep 2007
  20. Bubba Franks, 5 yards, Sep 2007
  21. Greg Jennings, 57 yards, Sep 2007
  1. Greg Jennings, 16 yards, Sep 2007
  2. James Jones, 33 yards, Sep 2007
  3. Greg Jennings, 41 yards, Oct 2007
  4. James Jones, 79 yards, Oct 2007
  5. Greg Jennings, 82 yards, Oct 2007
  6. Greg Jennings, 13 yards, Nov 2007
  7. Greg Jennings, 60 yards, Nov 2007
  8. Donald Lee, 1 yard, Nov 2007
  9. Ruvell Martin, 8 yards, Nov 2007
  10. Ruvell Martin, 17 yards, Nov 2007
  11. Greg Jennings, 4 yards, Nov 2007
  12. Donald Lee, 26 yards, Nov 2007
  13. Donald Lee, 12 yards, Nov 2007
  14. Greg Jennings, 11 yards, Nov 2007
  15. Greg Jennings, 4 yards, Nov 2007
  16. Ruvell Martin, 3 yards, Nov 2007
  17. Greg Jennings, 80 yards, Dec 2007
  18. Donald Lee, 46 yards, Dec 2007
  19. Donald Lee, 4 yards, Dec 2007
  20. Greg Jennings, 44 yards, Dec 2007
  21. Koren Robinson, 5 yards, Dec 2007
  1. Bubba Franks, 4 yards, Dec 2007
  2. Jerricho Cotchery, 56 yards, Sep 2008
  3. Chansi Stuckey, 22 yards, Sep 2008
  4. Chansi Stuckey, 2 yards, Sep 2008
  5. Laveranues Coles, 3 yards, Sep 2008
  6. Chansi Stuckey, 4 yards, Sep 2008
  7. Dustin Keller, 13 yards, Sep 2008
  8. Laveranues Coles, 12 yards, Sep 2008
  9. Laveranues Coles, 34 yards, Sep 2008
  10. Laveranues Coles, 2 yards, Sep 2008
  11. Jerricho Cotchery, 17 yards, Sep 2008
  12. Jerricho Cotchery, 40 yards, Sep 2008
  13. Dustin Keller, 24 yards, Sep 2008
  14. Thomas Jones, 2 yards, Oct 2008
  15. Leon Washington, 18 yards, Oct 2008
  16. Laveranues Coles, 15 yards, Oct 2008
  17. Dustin Keller, 1 yard, Nov 2008
  18. Leon Washington, 7 yards, Nov 2008
  19. Jerricho Cotchery, 15 yards, Nov 2008
  20. Thomas Jones, 10 yards, Nov 2008
  21. Laveranues Coles, 2 yards, Nov 2008
  1. Jerricho Cotchery, 11 yards, Dec 2008
  2. Laveranues Coles, 13 yards, Dec 2008
  3. Percy Harvin, 6 yards, Sep 2009
  4. Visanthe Shiancoe, 1 yard, Sep2009
  5. Percy Harvin, 3 yards, Sep 2009
  6. Sidney Rice, 30 yards, Sep 2009
  7. Greg Lewis, 32 yards, Sep 2009
  8. Visanthe Shiancoe, 1 yard, Oct 2009
  9. Sidney Ric, 14 yards, Oct 2009
  10. Bernard Berrian, 31 yards, Oct 2009
  11. Visanthe Shiancoe, 13 yards, Oct 2009
  12. Visanthe Shiancoe, 19 yards, Oct 2009
  13. Bernard Berrian, 4 yards, Oct 2009
  14. Visanthe Shiancoe, 1 yard, Oct 2009
  15. Visanthe Shiancoe, 12 yards, Nov 2009
  16. Percy Harvin, 51 yards, Nov 2009
  17. Jeff Dugan, 2 yards, Nov 2009
  18. Bernard Berrian, 16 yards, Nov 2009
  19. Jeff Dugan, 8 yards, Nov 2009
  20. Percy Harvin, 23 yards, Nov 2009
  21. Visanthe Shiancoe, 8 yards, Nov 2009
  1. Bernard Berrian, 3 yards, Nov 2009
  2. Sidney Rice, 7 yards, Nov 2009
  3. Percy Harvin, 15 yards, Nov 2009
  4. Chester Taylor, 10 yards, Nov 2009
  5. Visanthe Shiancoe, 6 yards, Nov 2009
  6. Visanthe Shiancoe, 3 yards, Dec 2009
  7. Percy Harvin, 31 yards, Dec 2009
  8. Sidney Rice, 9 yards, Dec 2009
  9. Visanthe Shiancoe, 6 yards, Dec 2009
  10. Sidney Rice, 6 yards, Dec 2009
  11. Visanthe Shiancoe, 10 yards, Jan 2009
  12. Sidney Rice, 4 yards, Jan 2009
  13. Sidney Rice, 12 yards, Jan 2009
  14. Naufahu Tahi, 1 yard, Jan 2009
  15. Visanthe Shiancoe, 20 yards, Sep 2010
  16. Percy Harvin, 24 yards, Sep 2010
  17. Randy Moss, 37 yards, Oct 2010
  18. Percy Harvin, 34 yards, Oct 2010
  19. Percy Harvin, 11 yards, Oct 2010
  20. Greg Camarillo, 10 yards, Oct 2010
  21. Randy Moss, 4 yards, Oct 2010
  22. Adrian Peterson, 12 yards, Nov 2010
  23. Visanthe Shiancoe, 25 yards, Nov 2010
  24. Percy Harvin, 53 yards, Nov 2010
  25. Percy Harvin, 23 yards, Dec 2010

The Final Chapter

In a tear-filled press conference at Lambeau Field in March of 2008, Favre retired. Four months later, he changed his mind and wanted to continue playing.

Having already turned the offense over to Aaron Rodgers during the offseason, the Packers traded Favre in the early days of training camp to the New York Jets, and for the first time since his rookie season of 1991, Favre was wearing a uniform other than Green Bay’s.

Favre’s one season with the Jets included a six-touchdown game, but an arm injury limited his effectiveness down the stretch and New York missed the playoffs.

After another retirement and un-retirement, Favre signed with the Vikings, reuniting with another former QB coach from Green Bay, Darrell Bevell, who was Minnesota’s offensive coordinator.

In 2009, Favre put together one more remarkable season, surpassing 4,000 yards again, posting a single-season career-best passer rating, and topping former Viking Jim Marshall’s NFL record of 270 consecutive starts.

“Every defensive lineman that he plays against is trying to hurt him,” said Marshall, a defensive lineman himself, after visiting Favre to congratulate him on the record. “That’s a tough way to earn a living.”

Favre led the Vikings to two wins over the Packers – one amidst a smattering of boos in his return to Lambeau Field – and to the NFC title game in New Orleans, where a late interception sent the game to overtime and the Saints ultimately prevailed.

In his final season of 2010, Favre would hit the 500-touchdown and 70,000-yard milestones, and he’d set a career high with a 446-yard game. The Packers would turn the tables with two wins over Favre and the Vikings on their way to a Super Bowl title, and Favre’s ironman streak would end in mid-December following a shoulder injury. His 297 consecutive starts (321 including playoffs) is nearly twice as long as the next-closest streak by an active player (Giants QB Eli Manning began the 2015 season with 167 consecutive starts).

Following a one-game absence, Favre returned to the field for what turned out to be his final time, exiting due to a concussion sustained on a sack against the Bears. Favre retired for good as the holder of virtually every significant NFL career passing record, with only two records eclipsed in the intervening five years – the marks for touchdown passes and passing yards, now held by Peyton Manning.

Honored in triumphant return

As if Favre hadn’t made enough history already, he made more on July 18, 2015. He returned to Lambeau Field to be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and have his No. 4 retired, the first player in franchise history to receive both honors simultaneously.

As an induction class of one, Favre reunited with countless coaches and teammates who attended the ceremony inside the Atrium. Wolf and Holmgren headlined the long list of those present and set the stage for Favre to be introduced for induction by longtime center Frank Winters.

Typical of Favre’s career, though, the evening wasn’t as much about the formal events as it was about the fans. More than 60,000 packed the stadium bowl to hear an address from their hero at midfield before he retreated inside for the festivities they would watch on Lambeau’s giant video boards.

“I mean no disrespect, but I’m more honored by that than by the Hall of Fame induction itself,” Favre said of the Packers’ faithful buying up all available tickets for his return in a matter of hours. “That’s why Green Bay is Green Bay. Simple as that.”

As Favre emerged from the bright green, G-adorned tunnel in the southeast corner of the stadium for the first time in 7 ½ years, the standing ovation lasted several minutes before anything was said. Humbled, flattered and borderline embarrassed by the welcome-home tribute, an emotional Favre several times seemed at a loss for words.

“Wow,” he said. “Thank you …

“I loved to play football. I loved it. I dreamed of playing football. I dreamed of playing in the Super Bowl. I never dreamed of standing here before you in a moment like this.

“I can sit here and tell you thank you until tomorrow, and it wouldn’t be enough.”

Favre not only reconnected with the fans, but connected with them on perhaps a deeper level than he ever had, in the stadium that soon will permanently display his name in two places – on Thanksgiving night, next to the other five Packers to have their numbers retired, and next year, alongside the franchise’s 23 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Throwing a touchdown at Lambeau Field, running out of that tunnel,” he said, “there’s nothing like it on this earth.”

Thanksgiving Night

Favre emerged from that tunnel one more time, on a cold and rainy Thanksgiving night, as his No. 4 was unveiled on Lambeau Field’s north end zone façade along with the franchise’s five other retired numbers.

The ceremony took place at halftime of the Packers-Bears game, a fitting backdrop given Favre’s dominance of the Bears over the years. Greeted by several teammates as he took the midfield stage, Favre thanked them and the fans for all their support and expressed that his jersey retirement is shared with everyone.

Moments later, it was as though time stood still.

Battling ailing health with no guarantee until that week he’d be able to attend, Bart Starr rode out of the tunnel on a golf cart, walked a few steps toward Favre and the two embraced. Suddenly, the cold and rain didn’t matter. The weather did nothing to diminish the moment.

Even though the Packers lost the game, seeing Favre joined by another Packers legendary QB in Starr was a triumph in itself.

“I really wanted him to be here,” Favre said afterward. “It was awesome. I got more of a thrill out of that than what I was here for.”

After Aaron Rodgers returned from the locker room to the field for second-half warmups, he spotted Favre and raced over for a handshake and hug. Even though logistics prevented the Packers’ trio of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks from being together in front of a sold-out crowd, it was the first time since Favre’s final game with the Packers – the 2007 NFC Championship for which Starr was an honorary captain and Rodgers was Favre’s backup – that all three were within the walls of Lambeau Field at the same time.

Canton conclusion

The night before Super Bowl 50, Favre was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 in his first year of eligibility. On Aug. 6, he’ll become the 24th individual (23 players plus Vince Lombardi) from the Packers to be enshrined in Canton and the third in the last four years.

Not including the Hall’s charter members in 1963, Favre is the fifth Packers player to be inducted on the first ballot, joining Bart Starr and Forrest Gregg in 1977, Ray Nitschke in 1978 and Reggie White in 2006. Including quarterback-kicker George Blanda, he’s the 14th first-ballot QB and the first in a full decade, since Troy Aikman and Warren Moon in 2006.

For now, the chronological list of first-ballot QBs will be bookended by Packers, as it was begun by Starr.

Quotations taken from material published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and ESPN. Photographs by AP, Jim Biever, Vernon Biever, Allen Fredrickson, Harmann Studios, and Shawn Hubbard Photography.

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career statistics
year team g att comp pct yds avg td td% int int% lng sck rate
1991 atl 2 4 0 -- 0 -- 0 -- 2 50 0 1 --
1992 gb 15 471 302 64.1 3,227 6.9 18 3.8 13 2.8 76T 34 85.3
1993 gb 16 522 318 60.9 3,303 6.3 18 3.6 24 4.6 66T 34 72.2
1994 gb 15 582 363 62.4 3,882 6.7 33 5.7 14 2.4 49 31 90.7
1995 gb 16 570 359 63.0 4,413 7.7 38 6.7 13 2.3 99T 33 99.5
1996 gb 16 543 325 59.9 3,899 7.2 39 7.2 13 2.4 80T 40 95.8
1997 gb 16 513 304 59.3 3,867 7.5 35 6.8 16 3.1 74 25 92.6
1998 gb 16 551 347 63.0 4,212 7.6 31 5.6 23 4.2 84T 38 87.8
1999 gb 16 595 341 57.3 4,091 6.9 22 3.8 13 2.8 76T 34 85.3
2000 gb 16 580 338 58.3 3,812 6.6 20 3.4 16 2.8 67T 33 78.0
2001 gb 16 510 314 61.6 3,921 7.7 32 6.3 15 2.9 67T 22 94.1
2002 gb 16 551 341 61.9 3,658 6.6 27 4.9 16 2.9 85T 26 85.6
2003 gb 16 471 308 65.4 3,361 7.1 32 6.8 21 4.5 66T 19 90.4
2004 gb 16 540 346 64.1 4,088 7.6 30 5.6 17 3.1 79T 12 92.4
2005 gb 16 607 372 61.3 3,881 6.4 20 3.3 29 4.8 59 24 70.9
2006 gb 16 613 343 56.0 3,885 6.3 18 2.9 18 2.9 82T 21 72.7
2007 gb 16 535 356 66.4 4,155 7.8 28 5.2 15 2.8 82T 15 95.7
2008 nyj 16 522 343 65.7 3,372 6.7 22 4.2 22 4.2 56T 30 81.0
2009 min 16 531 363 68.4 4,202 7.9 33 6.2 7 1.3 63 34 107.2
2010 min 13 358 217 60.6 2,509 7.0 11 3.1 19 5.3 53T 22 69.6
Total 302 10,169 6,300 62.0 71,838 7.1 508 5.0 336 3.3 99 525 86.0