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The Daily Shoutout: Brett Favre's streak

Posted on: September 6, 2011 7:16 am
 
OPENING HIT: Put aside, for the moment, that Brett Favre was a selfish putz. Put aside that he allegedly had a bit of a freaky side. That Brett Favre only cared about Brett Favre. That he was a bully in his final days in Green Bay. That he acted, at times in his final days in Green Bay, like a petulant child.

Put all that aside and reflect on the most remarkable record in the history of sports. The utter insanity of that record, the craziness of it, the incredible nature of it, again came into focus when Peyton Manning was listed as doubltful this week and will likely (definitely) miss this week's season opener. He's started 208 regular season games consecutively. Every team other than the Colts had at least three players start at quarterbackover the past 13 years Manning has started. Remarkable.

Yet it pales to Favre. Think about that. Pales. Favre has 297 straight starts and it's becoming increasingly clear no one will ever touch that streak. No one. Manning had the best shot and he would have still needed to play six more seasons to overtake Favre.

The next closest to Favre now is Ronde Barber, the Hall of Fame worthy cornerback from Tampa Bay. He's at 179 straight games and at 36-years-old he won't get close to Favre, either.

So despite all the damage Favre did to his image that part of his legacy remains intact and likely always will.

MORE ON RONDE: I've said for the past several years Ronde Barber is Hall of Fame worthy and nothing has changed that. His statistics are noteworthy but more important is his longevity. He's been in the NFL since 1997 and played expertly and at a high level since. Such longevity at the cornerback position is remarkable and in some ways -- some ways -- Barber's consecutive playing streak is more impressive than Manning's because corner is such a violent position. He should be in the Hall of Fame and I think one day he'll get in.

ONE MORE BARBER: One general manager, on a team that actually needs running back depth, explained why he didn't even call Barber for a tryout: "I don't trust him. That's pretty much it." Well, um, alright then. But that, I think, is the general consensus of many team front office types. The lack of interest in Barber isn't as much about his age or time away from football as teams don't trust his motivations for returning or, more explicitly, don't trust him period. He's seen as a bit of a locker room politician and that's putting it kindly.

Category: NFL
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:28 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Brett Favre's streak



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Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:18 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Brett Favre's streak

Manning should have started the game taken one snap and handed the ball off to Addai.  Favre never did anything like that to keep his record going..... did he?


Nope, Can't say that he did.  At least not while in GB.  What he did in New York and Minnesota I don't really know



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:42 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Brett Favre's streak

No, for all his stupid behaviour in the offseasons and his problems with 'junk' mail, Favre never started a game unless he intended to play every snap.  Say what you want about the man, say what you want about his decision making, but Favre was a warrior who got the streak because he'd play on one leg, with broken fingers, and beat all to hell.



Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:38 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Brett Favre's streak

Brett is my alltime favorite NFL player... longevity in pro sports is underrated... think Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken, George Blanda, Havlicek, Jabbar... GORDIE HOWE (check his numbers, how many players were in the NHL at 50+ years old)
 



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:46 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Brett Favre's streak

Manning should have started the game taken one snap and handed the ball off to Addai.  Favre never did anything like that to keep his record going..... did he?



Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:40 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Brett Favre's streak

Thank you & no kidding. All people ever want to do is trash talk & put down everything & everyone. Even though Farve has tarnished his image badly the last 5 years or so. He did so much, for the Packers, Packer fans, Green Bay , WI & the NFL!



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:39 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Brett Favre's streak

No Mike, *you* are the "selfish putz"! So Brett acted out his final few years -- big deal. After 20 years in the league and most passing records worth having, it's just natural that a man could feel entitled to some form of preferential treatment. Buy a clue, will you?


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