Remembering The Old Gun Slinger

Chris Schisler

Peyton Manning is 5 touchdown passes away from tying Brett Favre’s touchdown record. Brett Favre, as you all know by now, was my childhood hero. Before he was doing awful commercials, he was one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Records were meant to be broken, but I wish this one could last forever. I just wanted to take some time today to celebrate the legendary career of the Ol’ Gun Slinger.

Brett Favre was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1991. He was an undisciplined quarterback, with a rocket arm. He gave Jerry Glanville headaches in Atlanta and was quickly traded to the Green Bay Packers. Favre got his chance in 1992, when Don Majkowski suffered an injury. Favre gave a stumbling performance with 4 fumbles against the Bengals. It may not have been pretty but his comeback victory in that game was the start of the magic.

Brett Favre won only one Super Bowl but he gave his teams a chance in every game. He was the master of the comeback and the most dramatic quarterback that will ever play football. Favre played the game with a unique flare, a childhood enthusiasm and a love for the game. He is the only player in NFL history to win 3 straight MVP awards and had the most consecutive starts in NFL history.

Favre is known as a gunslinger who took chances. Favre either made magic happen or disaster. There was no in between. There is a reason number 4 had both the most touchdowns and the most interceptions of all time. To be fair, Favre has the most completions, attempts and yards of all time. With 298 starts, Favre has thrown more footballs than anyone on earth.

When we celebrate Manning’s almost inevitable touchdown record, we should also celebrate the man who used to hold it. Brett Favre is a person people seem to love or hate; there seems to be no in between sentiment. His passionate and tough performances inspired me as a kid. For that I will always celebrate the legend of Brett Favre.

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