But let us take a look at where Favre sits in the chase to accumulate statistics. I get the feeling he could not care less about records and stats, but it is fun to speculate during this dead time.
Favre trails only John Elway and Dan Marino in career passing yards. He should pass Elway before the half way point of next season. He trails Marino by 11,0628 yards. Favre passed for more than 4,000 yards last year. At that pace, he could catch Marino in less than three years, if he plays that long.
He trails Elway and Marino in pass attempts. Again, he will pass Elway sometime next year. He attempted 540 passes last year and at that pace, he could catch Marino, who leads him by 1,355 attempts, in less than three years. He trails only Marino in the completion department by 662 and would pass the Dolphins signal caller in less than two years. In 2004, Favre completed 346 passes.
Favre trails Marino in touchdowns thrown by 45 and since he threw 30 scoring passes last year, he could catch Marino in a 24 games.
Elway leads in the victory department with 148. Marino is one back with 147. Favre sits at 135 and it is possible, but not probable for him to break that record before the sun sets on New Years Day, 2006.
Favre has played 14 years and since he sat the bench his rookie year, he has accomplished all this in 13 seasons. Marino and Elway started as rookies. It took Marino 17 seasons and Elway, 16 seasons to pile up those numbers. So if he plays three more years, he would eclipse all these records in less time than these other greats. No one knows if he will play that long, but he has indicated this off-season that he may do just that.
In every imaginable category, Favre is one of the greatest quarterbacks and players to ever play the game. Enjoy him while you can. He makes the game fun.
Editor's note: John Lombardi is the grandson of legendary coach Vince Lombardi. John resides with his family in Green Bay . His football experience includes stints with two teams in the World League (now NFL Europe); in the scouting departments of the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans; and graduate assistant coach and director of football operations at Vanderbilt. He will be contributing columns for PackerReport.com.