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Talk of Fame Network
Brett Favre was just inducted into the Packers’ Hall of Fame, and for good reason: He was one of the greatest, most dynamic and most charismatic players in that franchise’s history.
The cornerstone of the team’s resurrection in the 1990’s, Favre led the Pack to consecutive Super Bowls; was a three-time league MVP, member of the 1990’s all-decade team and four-time league leader in touchdown passes; set an NFL record for consecutive starts with 321 (including the playoffs) and still holds the league record for career passing yards.
A candidate for Canton in 2016, Favre had countless Hall-of-Fame moments in his 16 years with the Packers. But if you ask him to pull one game from his career … one highlight film that defined him as a quarterback … you won’t find it in the Packers’ archives.
Nope, it was a 2009 game in Favre’s first season with Minnesota when he led the Vikings to a come-from-behind 27-24 defeat of San Francisco by throwing a 32-yard touchdown pass on the game’s last play.
“We had beaten Cleveland the previous week in Cleveland,” he told the Talk of Fame Network. “Of course, there was a tremendous amount of expectations, hoopla and stuff going into that season. We breezed through Cleveland, we come back for our first home game and we’re playing play San Francisco.
“No one knew a lot about San Francisco at the time. Later on when we knew how good their defense was. We had 90 plays in that game, which is extremely high, and every play counted. And, as you remember, the last play of the game counted because I hit Greg Lewis for a touchdown.
“But I think I did a little bit of everything in that game. I blocked. I tackled. I threw touchdowns. I led a fourth-quarter, last-second drive. I got pounded every play. And I think that one probably would show every element that a quarterback needs to have … or should have … to be successful.”