Jul 15, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; NFL quarterback Brett Favre (center) arrives for the 2015 ESPY’s award show at Nokia Theater. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
7. Trade for Brett Favre
That comment echoed across Packers Nation when it was announced that newly-hired general manager Ron Wolf went out and gave up a first round pick for a benchwarmer from the Atlanta Falcons in a trade that would eventually never be forgotten.
Wolf knew what nobody else did – that this kid from Kiln, Miss., had the chance to be something great.
What Wolf, Mike Holmgren and the Packers got in Favre was a wild stallion who needed breaking. And though Favre went on to his Hall of Fame career, the ride was anything but smooth.
Favre spent his career driving coaches crazy and piling up statistics that would make him one of the greatest ever – not only in Packers history, but in the history of the entire league.
He was a true ironman and it’s his consecutive game record that is probably Favre’s most important record – one that most likely will never be touched.
There will be others who pass for more yards ( and probably others), but there will never be anyone who will play the game like Favre did.
There were sprained ankles, bruised ribs, broken thumbs and the usual aches and pains of a football player that couldn’t slow Favre down.
He was one of a kind … a player nobody knew until his breakout game against the Cincinnati Bengals when he brought the Packers back. Many of us remember watching that game live and wondering, ‘who is this kid?’
We found out in a hurry – and so did the rest of the league as Favre brought the Packers back from the dead – a franchise that was on the bubble of sustainability – to one that has been considered one of the elite for the past three decades.
Favre had help, but it was that trade back in 1992 that changed everything in Green Bay.
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