Favre loves to play the Bears

During his 12-year career Brett Favre has owned the Bears with a 16-4 record including 9-1 in Soldier Field. The quarterback has thrown 39 touchdowns against Chicago, which is the most of any opponent.

Favre attributed his success against the Bears to playing in similar home conditions.

"Much has been made about that over the past 10 years," Favre said. "I don't really have an exact answer. The only thing I could say is that it was very close to our environment at Soldier Field. I don't know what to expect at Champaign.

"It was as close to being like Lambeau Field as you could get. You think about our other division games in the past have been in domes, aside from Tampa, and that being a different stadium than we initially played in."

Favre said he looks forward to displaying his talent in primetime on Monday Night Football.

"If you like to showcase your talent, then this is the best place to do it," Favre said. "It also says that the league thinks enough about you to put you on MNF, that you're still visible enough as a team and have enough individual players that people want to watch you play."

Favre accomplishments take up 22 pages in the Packer media guide, but the most impressive statistic of his illustrious career is consecutive start streak. The Bears game will mark Favre's 162nd consecutive start, which extends his NFL record for quarterbacks.

To put it into perspective the second longest active streak belongs to Payton Manning, who has started 67 consecutive games, began his stretch in 1998. At that point Favre had already started 93 consecutive games.

Favre admits his durability has even surprised him.

"I know I've avoided a lot of close calls and hopefully will continue to do that in the future," he said. "I just continue to work hard and play the game a certain way and don't think about it. I'm not saying if you don't think about it, you will go injury free. There have been injuries that have come close to keeping me out.

"But there's been a lot of injuries that may have kept other guys out that didn't keep me out. I think a lot of it is mind over matter. Like I tell guys, if you don't mind, it doesn't matter. If you can suck it up, you can. Everyone's threshold of pain is different. Only the person knows his genetic makeup and what he's able to overcome and what will keep him out. There's a lot of times I probably could have easily sat it out and people wouldn't have even questioned it. But I love to play the game too much and I know my team counts on me and I expect to be there. Barring some serious injury, I'm going to play. I just love it too much."

Unfortunately, for the Bears it looks like the 32-year-old is getting better with age.

"The chairman of the board, the best of the best, the mac daddy of football," said Bears defensive coordinator Greg Blache. "If you're going to start a franchise, that's the guy I would start with. The guy's worth eight, nine games of wins himself. He's been phenomenal for a lot of years.

"I was hoping to see him slow down and was hoping father time would help us. He's not slowing down."


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