Brett Favre: remembering the gunslinger
By Adam Carlson
Last night, Brett Favre was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. For one night only, fans of Favre could put aside their differences and recognize some of the great things that the future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback has done in his long, illustrious career.
However, it wasn’t that long ago that fans of the Minnesota Vikings dreaded hearing the name Brett Favre. As a member of the Green Bay Packers, the star quarterback was known for shredding his NFC North opponents. In particular, he was a master at picking apart the Vikings.
Brett Favre and the Packers were 11-4 at home against the Vikings during his career. That includes some amazing career accomplishments like a huge win on a freaky pass to Antonio Freeman during Monday Night Football on November 6, 2000.
The “Silver Fox” destroyed many records in the National Football League. He set records for consecutive games played, regular season passing yards, pass completions, pass attempts, and sadly, interceptions. Luckily for Vikings fans, we got some of that Brett Favre magic at the end of his career.
Although Brett Favre didn’t bring the Minnesota Vikings a Lombardi Trophy, he did give us several moments that we’ll never forget. The most notable of those moments was a game winning touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers to Greg Lewis on September 27, 2009.
Personally, I still get goosebumps watching that highlight.
If, as Vikings fans, we get that emotional over one moment from Brett Favre in our team’s history, image how fantastic the memories are for Packers fans around the world. Minnesota got Favre for two seasons, but the folks in Green Bay had him for 16 seasons. 16 seasons of watching Brett Favre work his magic while the Vikings were trying to find a long-term answer at quarterback.
We at The Viking Age would like to congratulate Brett Favre on his induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. It shouldn’t be too much longer before he’s enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well. And when that happens, Vikings and Packers fans can come together again to appreciate the legacy that he has left on the league.
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