In case you missed it, this past week, Brett Favre admitted that he thought his former teammate, Aaron Rodgers, has as good of a shot at breaking many of his all-time records as any current quarterback in the NFL.
We’ve done our own quick look at the possibilities and another great look at whether this Herculean accomplishment was possible was posted by Carl Ragsdale over at Bleacher Report. He breaks down each of Favre’s major quarterbacking records and considers whether Rodgers has a shot at breaking any of them at his current rate of play.
Of course, the fact that Rodgers sat the first few years on the Packers bench hasn’t helped him, but if he stays healthy, continues to start every game of every season (within reason), and continues to play at a high level, Rodgers will have to play into his early 40s to have a shot at the majority of Favre’s major records.
There are a couple of the records that stood out, however, that will probably never be broken – by anyone – those are Favre’s consecutive game start record and the more amusing – the record for most interceptions.
Let’s start with Favre’s ironman record. According to Wikipedia, Favre’s consecutive start record began Sept. 27, 1992, and ended Dec. 5, 2010, on the turf of the University of Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium. Between those dates, Favre started 297 regular season and 24 playoff games for a total of 321 consecutive games. I’m not doing the math, but Aaron Rodgers would be a very, very old man to break that record.
However, Ragsdale did take a gander at the interception record held by Favre and concluded that, at his current rate of throwing picks, Rodgers would have to play in 606 games and would be 62 years old by the time he would break Favre’s INT record of 343.
Now I’m not sure what’s more impressive when looking at these numbers – whether one considers the jaw-dropping frequency in which Favre threw to the other team or whether one wonders how incredibly safe Rodgers is with the football.
But if you consider Rodgers’ lack of propensity for not throwing the interception, you also have to consider the fact that his habit of hanging onto the ball so long has led to sacks. In fact, if you look at the statistics we pointed out in our most recent post, over the first five years of their careers Rodgers leads Favre in sacks, 211 to 169. And considering that Rodgers is noted as the better runner over Favre, it only goes to show that the Ol’ Gunslinger got rid of the ball quicker than did Rodgers. Unfortunately, too many times it was to the wrong team.
So, in the end, we will look back and the endless comparisons no doubt will be made. Let’s just say that Rodgers is safe in not having the honor of breaking Favre’s most infamous record … and that’s a good thing.