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A little perspective, please

August 25, 2010 - Steve Murch
First we had the summer of LeBron James, which spun into the summer of Brett Favre. Both were/are tiresome stories that ESPN, and all national media, beat like a dead horse. Then everyone speculates why sports fans have a general dislike for these athletes. Well folks, it's easy: too much of anything gets stale after a while. Have you heard of absence makes the heart grow founder? Practice it once in a while.

Forgive me if I don't get too choked up about Favre's receivers all getting hurt. If the Vikings are awful, will the apologists, who claim Favre is one of the greatest players ever, make excuses?

Some hail Favre as the greatest QB ever. What funky Kool-Aid have they been driking.

Here's a little Brett Favre quiz: What do Jeff Hostetler, Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson and Doug Williams all have in common with Favre? They all have the same number of Super Bowl titles as him — 1. Shouldn't someone as exalted as Favre have more than one (especially since those other four have one)? He wasn't even the MVP in the Super Bowl the Packers won, a return man — Desmond Howard — was. And Favre wouldn't have had that title if not for Reggie White turning the defense into a force.

There are nine quartebacks who have more Super Bowl wins than Favre. And don't forget about Jim Kelly's four straight losses in the Super Bowl. Getting there four times in a row is amazing.

Yes, Brett Favre has lots of records, most achieved because of his longevity. Is he a great quarterback? I suppose, but let's temper the enthusiasm a little bit. At the start of last season (and Favre had an outstanding season in 2009) he was No. 16 in QB career passer rating — behind Daunte Culpepper, Chad Pennington, Trent Green and Marc Bulger among those ahead of him.

Maybe in five years, as Favre enters the Hall of Fame, a little perspective will be added to his career. Great, but not the greatest.


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