Green Bay Packers: 50 greatest players in franchise history

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Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers
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QB. (1992-07). Brett Favre. 1. player. 49.

Greatest players in Green Bay Packers history: 1. Brett Favre

Who else was it going to be? Brett Favre re-energized the Packers brand unlike any other. After being an awful backup that LOVED to party for the Atlanta Falcons as a rookie in 1991, Favre would become a legend for the Packers in 1992. He flourished under the tutelage of Mike Holmgren while in Green Bay.

Favre was every bit the iron man for the Packers. He started 297 consecutive games at quarterback during his hall of fame career with four teams. Favre was a Pro Bowler nine times during his 16 years with the Packers. He won three straight NFL MVPs from 1995 to 1997, earning All-Pro first team honors each year. Favre made three other All-Pro second teams while with the Packers.

He led the NFL in passing touchdowns four times and passing yards twice.  But above all, Favre led the Packers to the Super Bowl in back-to-back years in 1996 and 1997. Green Bay had not been to a Super Bowl since the Vince Lombardi era nearly 30 years prior. While Green Bay beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI, the Packers were unable to repeat in 1997, as they fell to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII.

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Favre would contemplate retirement on multiple occasions. He spent 2008 with the New York Jets and two years with the Minnesota Vikings before retiring at the end of the 2010 NFL season. Favre ended up with 71,383 career passing yards, 508 touchdowns and 336 interceptions in his hall of fame career. He is in the Packers Hall of Fame, made the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1990s and had his No. 4 jersey retired by both the Packers and Southern Miss. Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame alongside Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison and Orlando Pace.