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Brett Favre ("Leader Of The Pack") Collector Plate 1997
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Brett Favre (\"Leader Of The Pack\") Collector Plate 1997

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Date Added: Sunday 30 March, 2008

by Paul Cunningham

_____BRETT FAVRE..."LEADER OF THE PACK"_____
******"THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES"******
**("BIO")**
College: Southern Mississippi
Rookie Yr: 1991
Height, Weight: 6'2", 222
Contract Status: Active
NFL Experience: 17
Born: October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, MS
A certain first-ballot Hall of Famer, Brett Favre in 2007 embarks upon his 16th season in his adopted city of Green Bay
Among the most exciting players in pro football annals ever to line up at quarterback, Favre, now in his 17th NFL campaign, stands as one of the game's most productive signal callers
The league's all-time leader in passing touchdowns (425), completions (5,202), and attempts (8,224) ; ranks second in passing yards (59,546) behind the prolific Dan Marino
With 153 victories as quarterback, ranks 1st ahead of John Elway (148) and Marino (147)
Celebrated even more than his prodigious numbers is his legendary durability.
Upon taking over the reins as the Green and Gold's signal caller Sept. 20, 1992, has started the ensuing 244 contests, a record for NFL quarterbacks and, astoundingly, the second-longest recorded streak in league annals
During 15 campaigns under center for Green Bay, has led Packers to 10 postseason appearances, including six division crowns, three NFC Championship Games, two Super Bowls and a World Championship with a victory in Super Bowl XXXI
The former Southern Mississippi leader's success is partially attributed to a commanding knowledge of his offense, astute observation of countless defenses designed to stop him and physical ability - especially renowned arm strength
But his legacy transcends the passes, the touchdowns and the statistics: the inspiring leader will go down as one of the most beloved players of his generation
The swashbuckling Southerner embodies the heart of America's favorite game
Stands as one of the most respected players among his peers and coaches, as well
His hard-working approach and down-to-earth attitude appeals to football fans across the nation
Favre once again topped the Harris Poll, in a survey of American sports fans, as the nation's favorite football player in 2006 and placed third among all sports figures, behind Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan
The quarterback earlier topped the 2003 and '04 Harris Polls and placed second to the Colts' Peyton Manning in '05
In another measure of his popularity, in 2006 he ranked first among active NFL players in Sports QScore, a prominent rating survey conducted for marketing and advertising purposes; overall he trailed only Woods and Jordan
His legendary grit was saluted twice recently as well
In February 2004, he was named as the No. 1 'Toughest Athlete in Sports' by USA Today
Then, transcending sports, in the March 2004 issue of Men's Journal, he was chosen as the No. 1 'Toughest Guy in America' on the basis of his "fearlessness, perseverance, a willingness to take risk, a tolerance for pain and even a dash of modesty"
In further similar documentation, a 2005 nationwide vote of more than a half-million viewers for The Discovery Channel's special, '100 Greatest Americans,' ranked Favre No. 89
CONSISTENTLY ONE OF THE BEST
At the top of his game throughout his career, he is one of the most worthy adversaries for defensive coordinators
As recently as 2004, helped the Packers to establish all-time franchise records for total net yards (6,357), net yards passing (4,449), first downs (354) and completions (382) as Green Bay finished third among NFL offenses; his output included a combination of 4,000-plus yards and 30 TDs, the third such season in his distinguished career
Selected as an alternate for the 2004 Pro Bowl, his eight Pro Bowl selections are one short of Forrest Gregg's team record, nine
AMONG ALL-TIME GREATS
Long considered one of the NFL's best ever, ranks high on a number of the league's all-time lists
Over the course of 2006, extended three other NFL records and established another
He padded three streaks: seasons with at least 300 completions (15), seasons with at least 3,000 yards passing (15) and consecutive starts by a quarterback (237)
Extended another all-time mark with 3,000 yards in a 15th overall season
Plus, finished 2006 with 5,021 career completions, more than any NFL passer ever, surpassing Marino (4,967) in 2006
One year earlier, swiped Elway's single-stadium TD pass record (180 at Mile High Stadium), improving his Lambeau Field total in 2006 to 195
Is one of only four quarterbacks in league history to post as many as four 4,000-yard seasons (also doing so in 1995, '98-99); Marino (6), Peyton Manning (7) and Warren Moon (4) are the others
With three 300-yard passing performances in 2006, now has 48 such career outings - tops among active NFL players
Is the NFL's most accurate passer among those with at least 6,000 career attempts, his 61.1 career completion percentage placing him ahead of No. 2 Marino (59.4 percent)
Has solidified his standing among the game's all-time elite by earning the NFL's 'MVP' honor a record three times, capturing the Associated Press award over the 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons; he was runner-up in 2002 as well
Honored in "co-status" with the Detroit Lions' Barry Sanders in 1997, he became the first player in league history to win the award three times, let alone in three consecutive years
Incomparability of the strong-armed Southerner is further evidenced by his selection in 2000 to the 1990s NFL All-Decade second team as voted by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee
Also ranked as the ninth-best player in 'NFL Player of the Century' voting, conducted on nfl.com during the 1999 season
Collaborated with former Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman for 57 touchdown passes from 1995-2001, the sixth-best such duo in NFL history
With it being impossible for someone to better it, will be the permanent possessor of at least one all-time NFL record - that for longest pass completion - as he hooked up with wideout Robert Brooks for a 99-yard score in a 1995 game at Chicago
In 2003 became part of the second-longest rush in NFL annals, handing off to Ahman Green on a play that resulted in a 98-yard TD, vs. Denver in the season finale
WILL FINISH AS A PACKER
Will finish his career in Green Bay after signing a "lifetime" contract on March 1, 2001
Then-head coach Mike Sherman, calling the signing day "historic," commented on the uniqueness of Favre's relationship with the Packers' organization and fans, saying, "No player in the NFL identifies, or is more closely linked to, a specific team like Brett Favre is to the Green Bay Packers. He embodies the spirit and character of Packer fans everywhere. I do not think there is a player in the NFL that experiences a relationship with the fans like Brett Favre does. That is very, very special."
Favre echoed the sentiment, saying, "I enjoy it here. I don't want to move. I enjoy the fans and I just want to stay. I couldn't envision myself playing for another team."
A WINNER
Throughout his career, has disdained talk of statistics, concerning himself most with his team's victories
And in 2007, can assert himself as the NFL's winningest quarterback ever; enters with 147 wins, needing only one to break a tie with No. 2 Marino (147) and two to bypass all-time leader Elway (148)
From 1992-2004, won at least eight games an NFL-record 13 consecutive seasons, substantially better than the next closest player, Ken Stabler, who had eight straight .500-or-better seasons from 1973-80
Rebounding in 2006, has finished without a losing record in 14 of his 15 years as the Packers' starter, having entered the season's final weekend in playoff contention for all but one campaign
Also has led the Packers to an NFL-best 147-90 record since taking over as the starter in the fourth week of the 1992 season
His record as a leader consists of 10 playoff berths, including a club-record six in a row (1993-98), three straight NFC Central Division crowns (1995-97), three NFC North Division titles in a row (2002-04), three consecutive NFC Championship games (1995, 1996, 1997) and back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, including a 35-21 victory over New England in Super Bowl XXXI, returning the Lombardi Trophy to Green Bay for the first time in 29 years
Upon defeating Chicago in December of 2000, became the third-fastest player in the NFL since 1970 to reach 100 regular-season victories, doing so in his 153rd career start; only Joe Montana (139) and Terry Bradshaw (147) got to the century mark quicker over the past 37 seasons
Since his first year as a starter in 1992, holds a 46-17 record (.730) in regular-season games in December, the fourth-best mark among NFL starters who have begun their careers since 1970 (min. 20 starts); Tom Brady (.840, 21-4), Joe Theismann (.773, 17-5) and Montana (.767, 33-10) rank just ahead in December winning percentage
Owns 36 career fourth-quarter or overtime comebacks (which includes three postseason contests)
A game conductor of the highest caliber, has led the Packers to a nearly perfect 54-2 regular-season record since 1992 in games where they have more rushing attempts than passing attempts
DOMINANTLY DURABLE
As indestructable as football players come, has started an NFL-quarterback-record 237 consecutive regular-season contests (257 including playoffs) - 93 games (equivalent of better than five-and-a-half seasons) more than the next closest streak among league QBs all-time, 144 by Manning (1998-2006)
Only six active veterans across the league - all kickers - have played as many or more games than Favre (241): Morten Andersen (368), Jeff Feagles (304), John Carney (261), Matt Stover (255), Chris Gardocki (244) and Junior Seau (also 241)
Played much of the 2003 season with a broken thumb on his right (throwing) hand
In 2006 surpassed Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews (229, 1987-2001) for the third-longest recorded starting streak of all-time, and now trails only two former Vikings, Mick Tinglehoff (240, 1962-78) and Jim Marshall (270, 1961-79)
Actually has played in 239 consecutive regular-season contests, having seen action in two contests as a reserve leading into his starting streak
Twelve more signal callers made their initial NFL starts in 2006, meaning that a total of 202 league quarterbacks have opened a game since Favre began his starting streak Sept. 27, 1992
Furthermore, he is the only athlete in the four major sports to have started every game for the same team since Sept. 27, 1992, having been presented his opportunity the previous week when Don Majkowski suffered strained ligaments in his left ankle midway through the first quarter of Cincinnati contest
During his remarkable run, 17 different quarterbacks have served as his backup in Green Bay; chronologically, they are Majkowski (1992), Ty Detmer (1992-95), Mark Brunell (1993-94), T.J. Rubley (1995), Bob Gagliano (1995), Doug Pederson (1995-98, 2001-04), Jim McMahon (1995-96), Steve Bono (1997), Rick Mirer (1998), Matt Hasselbeck (1999-2000), Aaron Brooks (1999), Danny Wuerffel (2000), Henry Burris (2001), Craig Nall (2002-05), Aaron Rodgers (2005-06), Ingle Martin (2006) and Todd Bouman (2006); only six times over the course of his streak has a backup had to complete a game due to injury - Oct. 20, 1994, at Minnesota (hip), when Brunell wrapped up the contest; Nov. 5, 1995, at Minnesota (ankle), when Detmer subbed in before injuring his thumb and giving way to Rubley; Nov. 12, 2000, at Tampa Bay (ankle), when Hasselbeck was called upon to finish the game; Oct. 20, 2002, vs. Washington (knee), when Pederson completed the contest; Oct. 3, 2004, vs. the New York Giants (concussion), when Pederson took over before suffering a rib injury and Nall finished the game; and Nov. 19, 2006, vs. New England (elbow), when Rodgers played the final 32 minutes and sustained a season-ending broken foot
TOUCHDOWN PRODUCER
Highly productive in firing touchdown passes, enters 2007 with 414 career, only seven from breaking Marino's NFL standard, 420
In 2006 he ended an NFL-record string of 12 seasons (1994-2005) with at least 20 TD passes
In 2004, he extended his own NFL record with his eighth career season of 30-or-more touchdown passes - twice as many as any other quarterback in league history (Marino, with four, stands second)
As recently as 2004, finished fourth in the NFL in TD passes, behind the Colts' Manning (49), the Vikings' Daunte Culpepper (39) and the Eagles' Donovan McNabb (31)
Also that season stretched his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 36 games - a franchise record and the second-longest streak in league history, behind only the 47-game string of Johnny Unitas (1956-60); string ended Dec. 5, 2004, at Philadelphia
In 2006, became the first in league annals to record 11 career passes of 75 yards-or-more; first tied the exclusive group of five passers (George Blanda, Ed Brown, Len Dawson, Sonny Jurgensen and Norm Snead) - the first to join the club in three decades - before his 11th such pass broke the record seven weeks later
Has authored 19 games of at least four TD passes, good for second place in NFL history behind only Marino (21)
Now has 56 career games with three-or-more TD passes, second to only Marino (62) in NFL history
With 195 career TD passes at Lambeau Field, the NFL record for a single stadium, has 15 more than the next-closest mark, Elway's 180 at Mile High Stadium
In road games, has 202 career TDs, more than any passer ever, breaking Marino's record (197) in 2006
Has 25 TD passes at Chicago's Soldier Field, owning sole possession of fourth on that stadium's all-time list, behind three Bears quarterbacks: Erik Kramer (38), McMahon (37) and Jim Harbaugh (28)
Has 52 career TD passes against the Bears, the third most all-time by a QB against an opponent
Owns NFL record (since 1970) for most consecutive games with a TD pass vs. a single opponent by throwing for a score in 26 straight games against the Bears (1992-2004)
Dependable in his production of scoring strikes, has thrown for at least one TD in 203 of his 239 career games with Green Bay, failing to do so in only 26 games since the start of the 1995 season
ALL-TIME PACKERS
Ranks first in most seasons leading the team in yards passing (15), having broken Bart Starr's franchise record (12) in 2004
Also is the club's all-time leader with 239 games played, passing Starr (196) during the '04 season
Now holds 30 team records, among them career touchdowns (414), pass attempts (8,219), completions (5,021) and yards passing (57,500)
Has now played 15 seasons with Green Bay, tying No. 2 Ray Nitschke (15; 1958-72), and is expected to join Starr (16; 1956-71) in 2007 for the most in franchise annals
Began his streak of 239 straight games played with second-half, mop-up duty in a 1992 loss to the Buccaneers, then replaced the injured Majkowski the next week against Cincinnati, leading Green Bay to a come-from-behind victory, before initiating his amazing streak of 237 consecutive starting assignments vs. Pittsburgh on Sept. 27, 1992
COLD WEATHER EXCELLENCE
Born and raised in the South, goes against conventional wisdom by performing well in the cold
At home, now holds a 40-5 record including playoffs when the kickoff temperature is 34 degrees or below; possesses an impressive 90.7 passer rating in those 45 cold-weather games, based on 890 completions in 1,441 attempts (61.8 percent) for 10,242 yards, 79 TDs and 37 INTs
PLAYOFFS
In the postseason, has thrown a touchdown pass in an NFL-record 16 consecutive games (1995-2004)
Ranks second on the NFL's all-time list for postseason touchdown passes; his 34 places him behind only Montana (45)
Ranks third all-time in postseason yards passing, with 4,902; Elway (4,964) and Montana (5,772) are the only players above him
Ranks second on NFL's all-time postseason completions list (401) and third on the attempts list (663)
Owns the club's all-time postseason record for service with 20 games played
Owner of 13 club postseason marks overall, while sharing in one.

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