5 best Vikings deep-ball passers of the last 25 years

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5. Brett Favre (2009-2010)


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  • 959 pass attempts
  • 16 completions of 40+ yards
  • 4 TDs of 40+ yards

In the summer of 2009,  former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre did the unfathomable and made the trek from his Mississippi home to sign with the longtime rival Vikings. It was arguably the most astonishing single event in Minnesota’s team history.

The experiment came close to capturing the ultimate achievement, but the Vikings fell short due to an inopportune interception that Favre flung in the 2009 NFC Championship against the New Orleans Saints.

He would get another shot at redemption during the following season, but his abilities diminished at a breakneck pace. Favre floundered, Minnesota floundered, and he would go on to retire for good soon after.

Of Favre’s 40+ yard completions during his time with the Vikings, 56 percent were hauled in by Sidney Rice, including two that resulted in touchdowns. The rest of his deep completions went to Percy Harvin (four), Adrian Peterson (two), and Bernard Berrian (one).