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Mavrelous Favre

6:00 PM -- As penance, I presume, for some major transgression committed in a previous lifetime, I've been watching entirely too much ESPN lately -- where the attention-span-deprived ESPiNheads have been earnestly debating exactly how high on the Top 5 Quarterbacks of All Time list, the perdurable Brett Favre (pron. Farv) should be placed.

How 'bout 25th? Maybe. Here's 24 better ones, alphabetized for your convenience:

  • Troy Aikman
  • Sammy Baugh
  • Terry Bradshaw
  • Tom Brady
  • John Elway
  • Dan Fouts
  • Otto Graham
  • Sonny Jurgensen
  • Jim Kelly
  • Bobby Layne
  • Sid Luckman
  • Peyton Manning
  • Dan Marino
  • Donovan McNabb
  • Joe Montana
  • Warren Moon
  • Ken Stabler
  • Bart Starr
  • Roger Staubach
  • Fran Tarkenton
  • YA Tittle
  • Johnny Unitas
  • Norm Van Brocklin
  • Steve Young
I'm sure I've forgotten a few.

— Larry, Gridiron Monkey, Light Reading

Raymond McConville 12/5/2012 | 3:00:23 PM
re: Mavrelous Favre Terry Bradshaw? Really? I know he has four rings, but that team was stacked.

Dan Marino? Did he not just break Dan's record? And Favre's got the ring...

Donovan McNabb? No. Way.


I haven't even heard of a lot of the guys on this list, so I won't argue them, but some of these on your list are head scratchers to say the least.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:00:22 PM
re: Mavrelous Favre
Well, if you include his Canada stats Warren Moon blows away pretty much everyone numbers wise.

seven
DarkWriting 12/5/2012 | 3:00:22 PM
re: Mavrelous Favre Fran Tarkenton better than Favre??? You can't be serious? Besides, who cares!?!? American football is shite.

DW
turing 12/5/2012 | 3:00:22 PM
re: Mavrelous Favre Yeah you can't blame Bradshaw - his numbers weren't great but his team was not designed to be an air team (though he did throw tons of interceptions, only 2 fewer than the number of TD's).
But I never understood the fascination with Elway or Moon. They were very good, but top-25 all-time? And McNabb??? Seriously? above Favre?
Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:00:22 PM
re: Mavrelous Favre Yes, American footfall is shite. If we only had the excitement of penalty kickzzzzzzzzzz...
Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:00:22 PM
re: Mavrelous Favre That's OK. Chris Berman obviously hasn't heard of a lot of people on this list either.
Johnny who?
Unfair to blame Bradshaw for having a stacked team AND Marino for not.
Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:00:20 PM
re: Mavrelous Favre A couple names on this list may be iffy, but, peak-value, i'd certainly take McNabb over Favre.

Durability deserves its props, and Favre will justifiably be admitted to the hallowed Hall of Fame, for those who care. But Durable ain't synonymous with Great.

Was Phil Niekro a better pitcher than Sandy Koufax?
ph_wilson 12/5/2012 | 3:00:19 PM
re: Mavrelous Favre "Durability deserves its props, and Favre will justifiably be admitted to the hallowed Hall of Fame, for those who care. But Durable ain't synonymous with Great."

May I guess that you (and many others) are young -- younger than Favre anyway -- and so most of your memories are based on what he has done the last few years, and not 10-15 years ago?

Brett Favre won an unprecedented 3 league MVP titles. He first did this after being only in the league for maybe 4 seasons, although his playing streak was obviously progressing, it was still only around 60 and no one was talking about that. I assure you these MVPs were not given to him because he was "durable."

If you guys can find tapes of any Packer games in 95, 96, 97 era, you should watch one. I predict it will be an eye opening experience. Brett has not always been 38 and playing on a sucky team.
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