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The Man, The Myth, The Legend     Brett Favre

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Career Passing Yards Total To Surpass Year To Date
1) Dan Marino 61,361 11,628 --
2) John Elway 51,475 1,742 --
3) Brett Favre 49,734 -- 4,088
4) Warren Moon 49,325 -- --
5) Fran Tarkenton 47,003 -- --
 
Career Passing Attempts
1) Dan Marino 8,358 1,355 --
2) John Elway 7,250 247 --
3) Brett Favre 7,004 -- 540
4) Warren Moon 6,823 -- --
5) Frank Tarkenton 6,467 -- --
 
Career Completions
1) Dan Marino 4,967 662 --
2) Brett Favre 4,306 -- 346
3) John Elway 4,123 -- --
4) Warren Moon 3,988 -- --
5) Fran Tarkenton 3,686 -- --
 
Career Touchdown Passes
1) Dan Marino 420 45 --
2) Brett Favre 376 -- 30
3) Fran Tarkenton 342 -- --
4) John Elway 300 -- --
5) Warren Moon 291 -- --
 
Career Wins as a Starting QB
1) John Elway 148 14 --
2) Dan Marino 147 13 --
3) Brett Favre 135 -- 10
4) Fran Tarkenton 125 -- --
5) Johnny Unitas 119 -- --
 
Consecutive Games Started
1) Jim Marshall 270 66 --
2) Mick Tingelhoff 240 36 --
3) Bruce Matthews 229 25 --
4) Fred Cox 210 6 --
4) Jim Otto 210 6 --
6) Gene Upshaw 207 3 --
7) Brett Favre 205 -- 16
8) Randall McDaniel 202 -- --
9) Doug Dieken 194 -- --
10) Len Hauss 192 -- --
 
Consecutive Games With A TD Pass
1) Johnny Unitas 47 12 --
2) Brett Favre 36 -- streak
broken 12/5
3) Dan Marino 30 -- --
4) Dave Kreig 28 -- --
5) Chris Chandler 27 -- --
5) Peyton Manning 27 -- --
 
GREEN BAY PACKERS RECORDS
 
Career Games Played
1) Brett Favre 207 -- 16
2) Bart Starr 196 -- --
3) Ray Nitschke 190 -- --
4) Forrest Gregg 187 -- --
5) LeRoy Butler 181 -- --
 
Career Passing Yards
1) Brett Favre 49,734 -- 4,088
2) Bart Starr 24,718 -- --
3) Lynn Dickey 21,369 -- --
4) Tobin Rote 11,535 -- --
5) Don Majkowski 10,870 -- --
 
Career Passing Attempts
1) Brett Favre 6,999 -- 540
2) Bart Starr 3,149 -- --
3) Lynn Dickey 2,831 -- --
4) Tobin Rote 1,854 -- --
5) Don Majkowski 1,607 -- --
 
Career Completions
1) Brett Favre 4,306 -- 346
2) Bart Starr 1,808 -- --
3) Lynn Dickey 1,592 -- --
4) Don Majkowski 889 -- --
5) Tobin Rote 826 -- --
 
Career Touchdown Passes
1) Brett Favre 376 -- 30
2) Bart Starr 152 -- --
3) Lynn Dickey 133 -- --
4) Tobin Rote 89 -- --
5) Arnie Herber 66 -- --
 

  • A quarterback for the ages and widely regarded as professional football's flagship player, Brett Favre in 2004 celebrates his 13th campaign in Titletown
  • Authored another superb season in 2003, adding yet one more exciting chapter to his storybook career
  • Remains one of the league's most feared passers, demonstrated his sustained supremacy of the game - and many opponent defenders - with a stellar performance that earned him a third consecutive Pro Bowl selection, his eighth such honor overall
  • Led the NFL in touchdown passes for a record-tying fourth time and ranked second among NFC quarterbacks in passer rating, this accomplished while playing much of the year with a broken thumb on his throwing hand
  • Undoubtedly harbors burgeoning enthusiasm for the upcoming season, to operate a balanced offense which boasts a return of all its starters, including an offensive line that paved the way for a record rushing season and surrendered just 19 sacks, an All-Pro running back in Ahman Green and a talented group of receivers
  • All features represent an arsenal ready to improve upon last year's successful outing, a campaign that saw the Packers come tantalizingly close to entrance in the NFC Championship Game, falling just short in a tough loss at Philadelphia
  • "Going into his 14th season in the NFL, Brett not only continues to demonstrate his talent as one of the league's best players, but also continues to display an intense passion for the game, his teammates and the Green Bay Packers," says Packers GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman of his field general. "Nothing he's accomplished so far in his career has surprised me, nor will any future accomplishments surprise me - you come to expect the unexpected from him."
  • Further endeared himself to his legion of fans, as well as undoubtedly gained new ones, after heartening performance in late-season Monday night victory over Oakland
  • Playing under the most trying of circumstances after suffering the sudden loss of his father, Irvin, who died of a heart attack the previous day, proceeded to fashion one of the most remarkable performances of his career - as well as in the history of Monday Night Football - in 41-7 win over the Raiders
  • Threw for four touchdowns and nearly 400 yards as his teammate rallied around him and supplied inspired play
  • Football fans across the nation were drawn to the virtuosic outing, one which Favre dedicated to his father, saying he knew Irvin would have wanted him to play
  • As accomplished as the three-time MVP is, his desire to become better at his craft is what sets him apart from other signal-callers
  • "He tries to improve himself all the time," says Darrell Bevell, the Packers' quarterbacks coach. "He takes suggestions and teaching so well. Look at last year - it was a record season for passing percentage for him. He's making the right decisions and taking the high-percentage throw."
  • While he posted a banner year in terms of accuracy, not all his attempts were of the short, high-percentage variety, observes Packers offensive coordinator Tom Rossley: "He's throwing the deep ball better now than he has in the five years since I've been here. I'm sure part of it is the confidence he has in the wideouts we have now. We do it in practice more. He's better at it now, but still can get better."
  • Hard-working approach and never-say-die attitude continue to appeal to his fans
  • "I do not know what the Gallup polls would say," observes Sherman, "but if you polled Americans on what player they would most like to be, I believe Brett Favre would be a near-unanimous choice."
  • Gallup notwithstanding, 2003 and 2004 Harris Polls, in a survey of American sports fans, named Brett Favre as the nation's favorite NFL player; among all sports figures, he finished third, behind Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods
  • His legendary grit was saluted twice during the offseason
  • In February 2004, when 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."

    REMAINS AMONG THE FINEST

    Demonstrating superb command of his considerable skills, in 2003 led Green Bay to its ninth playoff appearance and fifth division title in his 12th year at the helm
  • Was selected to his eighth career Pro Bowl (1992-93, 1995-97, 2001-03), tying him with Willie Wood for the second-most selections in team history, though he later was forced to withdraw due to broken thumb on his throwing hand; in 2004 will have an opportunity to match Forrest Gregg's team record of nine
  • Also was named to the All-NFC team of Pro Football Weekly and 'Snickers Hungriest Player of the Year.'
  • Along the way, he helped the Packers to 442 points, the second-highest total in franchise history, behind only the 456 scored by the 1996 Super Bowl champions
  • Finished second in the NFC in passer rating (90.4), completing 308 of a career-low 471 passing attempts - a career-best and franchise-record 65.4 completion percentage (also first in the NFC) - for 3,361 yards and an NFL-best 32 touchdowns, with 21 interceptions
  • Authored six games with a passer rating of 100 or better
  • Ran coordinator Rossley's offense to near perfection, the group becoming the NFL's first unit to: rush for at least 2,500 yards, pass for at least 3,300 yards, complete at least 65 percent of passes, rush for at least 18 TDs and pass for at least 32 TDs
  • Even after 12 seasons in Green Bay, the Southern Miss Hall of Famer continues to practice every day as if it were a game; his intensity and competitiveness during the week are legendary
  • Often works through a session without a ball touching the ground.

    RANKS WITH THE BEST OF THEM

    Ranks seventh in NFL history with a career passer rating of 86.9
  • Stands fifth all-time with 6,464 career passing attempts, he enters 2004 only four throws from going by No. 4 Fran Tarkenton (6,467) and 360 attempts from surpassing No. 3 Warren Moon (6,823)
  • On the career completions list, he stands fourth all-time with 3,960; goes into the '04 campaign needing 29 completions to surpass No. 3 Moon (3,988) and 164 to go by No. 2 John Elway (4,123)
  • Is the NFL's most accurate passer among those with at least 6,000 career attempts, his 61.3 career completion percentage placing him substantially ahead of No. 2 Dan Marino (59.4%); he stands 11th all-time among qualifying passers
  • Along the way, he has solidified his standing among the game's all-time elite by earning the NFL's 'MVP' honor a record three times, capturing the AP 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, which was conducted on nfl.com during the 1999 season
  • A testament to his consistently high production level, his completions, attempts, yards and touchdown totals are tops in the league over the past 13 seasons (1991-2003).

    NOWHERE ELSE BUT TITLETOWN

    Is assured of finishing his career in Green Bay upon the signing of a "lifetime" contract on March 1, 2001
  • 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."
  • The veteran has shown now signs of slowing down and has stated that he will continue to play as long as he is healthy, competitive and having fun.

    A WINNER

    First and foremost in search of victory, the habitually successful Mississippian continues to do just that
  • Tied Tarkenton for third place on the NFL's all-time wins list when he picked up his 125th career victory in the '03 regular-season finale with Denver; had passed Joe Montana (117) and Johnny Unitas (119) earlier in the year
  • Is a ways from catching No. 2 Marino (147) and No. 1 Elway (148)
  • Is the possessor of a career winning percentage of .661 (125-64), fourth highest since the 1970 league merger (min. 100 starts)
  • Has won at least eight games an NFL-record 12 consecutive seasons (1992-2003), substantially better than the next closest player, Ken Stabler, who had eight straight .500-or-better seasons from 1973-80
  • Also has led the Packers to an NFL-best 125-64 record since taking over as the starter 189 games ago in the fourth week of the 1992 season
  • Is the possessor of an .840 winning percentage (79-15) at home as a starter, second to Terry Bradshaw (.848, 67-12) among starters who have begun their careers since 1967 (min. 25 home starts)
  • His record as a leader consists of nine playoff berths, including a club-record six in a row (1993-98), three straight NFC Central Division crowns (1995-97), two NFC North Division titles in a row (2002-03), 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
  • Is one of only five current NFL starting quarterbacks to have won a Super Bowl (along with the Giants' Kurt Warner, the Seahawks' Trent Dilfer, the Patriots' Tom Brady and the Bucs' Brad Johnson)
  • 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 Montana (139) and Bradshaw (147) got to the century mark quicker over the past 33 years
  • Since 1992, holds a 39-11 record (.780) in regular-season games after Dec. 1, a mark no other individual can match over that span; his .780 winning percentage is second to only Roger Staubach (.850, 17-3) among NFL starters who have begun their careers since 1970 (min. 15 home starts) after edging past Joe Theismann (.773, 17-5) in 2003
  • Now holds 30 career game-winning comebacks (which includes three postseason contests) after rallying the Packers from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie to win on four occasions during the '03 season - Nov. 2 at Minnesota, Nov. 16 at Tampa Bay, Dec. 14 at San Diego and Jan. 4 vs. Seattle in the playoffs
  • A game conductor of the highest caliber, has led the Packers to a nearly perfect 47-1 regular-season record since 1992 (8-1 in 2003) in games where they have more rushing attempts than passing attempts.

    CAN'T KEEP HIM DOWN

    As indestructible as football players come, extended his amazing streak of consecutive starts to 189 (208 including playoffs), an NFL record for a quarterback and 73 games - the equivalent of better than four-and-a-half seasons - more than the prior record holder, Ron Jaworski (116 from 1977-84); the 2003 season witnessed him playing in spite of a broken thumb on his right (throwing) hand suffered in Week 7
  • His 189-game string of starts is the longest active streak in the league at any position, with the Chiefs' Will Shields second at 175; the closest player at his position is the Colts' Peyton Manning with 96 straight starts
  • According to Elias Sports Bureau, 171 other quarterbacks have started an NFL game since Sept. 27, 1992, when he launched his current starting streak; his 189-game string is the equivalent of 11 seasons plus 13 games
  • 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, 14 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, 2001-03), Jim McMahon (1995-96), Steve Bono (1997), Rick Mirer (1998), Matt Hasselbeck (1999-2000), Aaron Brooks (1999), Danny Wuerffel (2000), Henry Burris (2001) and Craig Nall (2002-03); only four 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; and Oct. 20, 2002, vs. Washington (knee), when Pederson completed the contest.

    TOUCHDOWN GENERATOR

    Led the NFL in touchdown passes for the fourth time in his professional career (also 1995-97), tying the record for most seasons as the league leader, matching Unitas (1957-60), Len Dawson (1962-63, 1965-66) and Steve Young (1992-94, 1998)
  • In the process, he reached 30 TD passes for a seventh overall season (also 1994-98, 2001) extending his own NFL record; second-place Marino (four times) is the only other player in league history with at least four 30-touchdown seasons
  • In throwing for 20-plus touchdowns a 10th straight season, he also matched Marino's NFL record (1983-92)
  • Late in the '03 season, moved past Tarkenton (342) and into second place on the NFL's all-time list for career touchdown passes; his 346 lifetime scoring throws leave him behind only Marino (420)
  • At his current pace of 28.8 TD tosses per season, he stands to catch Marino midway through the 2006 campaign
  • According to Elias Sports Bureau, he enters 2004 averaging more touchdown passes per game (1.7927, 346 TDs in 193 games) than any player in league history, ahead of No. 2 Manning (1.7400, 167-96)
  • Eclipsed one of the franchise's oldest records in 2003, breaking Cecil Isbell's mark of 22 consecutive games with a TD pass over the 1941-42 seasons; now has thrown for a touchdown in 25 straight contests (28 including playoffs)
  • Will have an opportunity early in the 2004 season to extend his current 25-game streak to the second longest in NFL history, he is on the heels of No. 4 Chris Chandler and Manning (27), No. 3 Dave Krieg (28) and No. 2 Marino (30); only No. 1 Unitas (47) is out of his reach in '04
  • With two in 2003, he now has 16 career games of four-or-more touchdown passes, leaving him third all-time but now right behind No. 2 Unitas (17)
  • Needs one game of at least three touchdown passes for 50 such performances in his pro career; only Marino (62) has more games with three-plus TD tosses
  • Consistently accurate vs. division opponents, has thrown a touchdown pass in 24 consecutive games against the Bears, tying Marino for the longest streak vs. a single foe since the 1970 league merger; Marino threw TD passes in 24 consecutive contests against the N.Y. Jets from 1985-98
  • Now has 48 total touchdown passes vs. Chicago, the fourth-most scoring throws by an individual against one opponent in NFL history, just behind Marino's 50 TDs vs. Buffalo from 1983-99
  • Owns two of the five top seasons, in terms of TD passes, in NFL history - 38 in 1995, followed by 39 in 1996
  • Extraordinarily dependable in his production of scoring strikes, has thrown for at least one touchdown in 167 of his 189 career starts with Green Bay, failing to do so in only 14 games since the start of the 1995 season
  • Over his career, has an amazing touchdown-to-interception ratio of nearly 10-to-1 (9.63) in the Red Zone - 231 TDs vs. 24 INTs; possesses a 95.4 career passer rating inside the opponents' 20-yard line, based on 478 completions in 820 attempts for 3,413 yards and 231 touchdowns, with only 24 interceptions.

    UP THE CHARTS

    In 2003, reached 3,000 yards passing for a 12th overall season, tying Elway (1985-91, 1993-97) for second place on the NFL's all-time list; will have an opportunity in 2004 to tie Marino's league-record 13 career 3,000-yard passing seasons
  • In the process, he ascended to fifth place on the all-time passing yards list, with 45,646, moving past Dan Fouts (43,040); in 2004, he needs 1,358 yards passing to go by No. 4 Tarkenton (47,003) and 3,680 to also pass No. 3 Moon (49,325)
  • Earlier, in 1999 with 4,091 passing yards, had become only the fourth quarterback in league history to post as many as three 4,000-yard seasons (also doing so in 1995 and '98), joining Marino (6), Moon (4) and Fouts (3); Manning (5) since has become the fifth
  • With one 300-yard passing performance in 2004, he now has 36 such career outings - tops among active NFL players
  • Earlier had authored his 30th career 300-yard passing performance in 2001, reaching that plateau fourth-fastest in NFL history - 150 games (tied with Montana); only Marino (84), Moon (110) and Fouts (121) have done so at a more rapid rate
  • 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 Green on a play that resulted in a 98-yard TD, vs. Denver in the season finale.

    TOPS IN PACKERS HISTORY

    Tied in 2003 Bart Starr's franchise record for most seasons leading the team in yards passing (12)
  • Now holds 27 team records, among them career touchdowns (346), pass attempts (6,464), completions (3,960) and yards passing (45,646); is tied for three others
  • Broke Gregg's long-standing team record for most consecutive games played (187) by taking his first snap against Chicago on Dec. 7, he subsequently extended the mark to 191; the total ranks second on the Packers' all-time list, as he passed LeRoy Butler (181), Gregg (187) and Ray Nitschke (190) in 2003; stands just five games away from the record holder, Starr (196)
  • By playing in his 13th season with Green Bay in 2004, he also would tie Buckets Goldenberg (1933-45) and Dave Hanner (1952-64) for the fourth-longest tenure in team history, behind only Gregg (14; 1956, 1958-70), Nitschke (15; 1958-72) and Starr (16; 1956-71)
  • Began his streak of 191 straight games played with second-half, mop-up duty in a 1992 loss to the Buccaneers, he 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 189 consecutive starting assignments vs. Pittsburgh on Sept. 27, 1992.

    ICE RUNS THROUGH HIS VEINS

    Born and raised in the South, goes against conventional wisdom by performing well in the cold
  • Maintained his perfect 29-0 regular-season record at home (36-1 including playoffs) when the game-time temperature is 34 degrees or below; possesses an impressive 96.0 passer rating in those 29 cold-weather games, based on 567 completions in 914 attempts (62.0%) for 6,655 yards and 60 TDs with 20 INTs.

    POSTSEASON

    In the postseason, he now has thrown a touchdown pass in an NFL-record 15 consecutive games, having broken a tie with Marino (at 13) with a scoring strike in each of Green Bay's '03 playoff contests
  • Also moved up to second on the NFL's all-time list for postseason touchdown passes; his 33 leaves him behind only Montana (45) after he bettered Bradshaw (30) and Marino (32) in 2003
  • Also last year, ascended to third all-time in postseason yards passing, with 4,686, moving by Marino (4,510); Elway (4,964) and Montana (5,772) are the only players above him
  • Owns the club's all-time postseason record for service with 19 games played; league-wide since 1993, only Craig Hentrich (Titans) has played in more playoff contests, 20
  • Owner of 12 club postseason marks overall, while sharing in one other.

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