The best and worst of Favre

Quarterback looks back on great and not-so-great throws in his career

As Brett Favre closes in on Dan Marino's all-time NFL touchdown record of 420, the Packers quarterback looked back today on his most memorable and forgettable throws during his career.

Among the most memorable touchdown passes that he has thrown came in Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans when he hooked up with Andre Rison and Antonio Freeman for scores. On the flip side, he also recalled his most forgettable throws during his career, including in games against the Minnesota Vikings in the Metrodome, against the Detroit Lions in the Pontiac Silverdome, and in the 2003 NFC divisional playoffs against Philadelphia.

Among the dubious records that Favre is closing in on includes all-time interceptions. George Blanda currently tops the list with 277 while Favre has 275 INTs. Keep in mind, however, that Favre has had more than 8,300 career attempts compared to Blanda's 4,007 career attempts.

A particularly ugly interception that Favre vividly recalled came early in his career while throwing a pass on his knees against the Lions in the Silverdome.

"I think it was Robert Brooks or Sterling (Sharpe) in the flat, I'm not quite sure," Favre recalled. "He was open, but I was looking at it from a different angle, like from right here (ducks down). All I could think of as I was throwing it was ‘This is going to be an unbelievable play.' How many guys throw it from their knees?

"But when I get to the sideline, (Mike) Holmgren says, ‘What in the hell were you doing?' I said, ‘I had him open.' He said, ‘Had him open? You were throwing it from your knees!' I could not convince him that I thought that it was going to be a great play. If you ask Mike, he'd probably say it was one of the worst. If you ask me, I'd say it was that close (holding his fingers an inch apart) to being an unbelievable play."

Favre also said that he often thinks about the interception that he threw at the end of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2003 playoffs. The Packers were edged 20-17 in overtime by the Eagles in a game that many will remember for the big fourth-and-26 play that the Packers gave up in regulation, allowing the Eagles to tie the game. In overtime, Favre was looking to throw deep to Javon Walker, but the throw was easily picked off, and Philadelphia went on to kick a field goal for the victory.

"I don't think (Walker) was wrong, I think I was more wrong, but the way it ended our season will stick with me for a long time," Favre said.

Favre remembers like it was yesterday the calls that he made at the line of scrimmage early in the game, and later on, that resulted in long touchdown passes to Rison and Freeman in Green Bay's Super Bowl XXXI win over the New England Patriots on Jan. 26, 1997.

On his 54-yard touchdown pass to Rison on his first pass of the game:

"Based on film study, I thought they were going to play ‘Cover Zero' or no safety. I checked to a play ‘Razor,' which we hadn't had a lot of success with that play, but when we had practiced it, or actually ran it in a game, it was always out of a two back, one tight end, two receiver formation. In this particular case EB (Edgar Bennett) was in the backfield, but he was the lone back, and we had two tight ends and two receivers. To make it even more technical, when I checked to ‘Razor,' ‘Z,' the guy off the ball, always ran a post. The ‘X' always ran a shake. He gave the illusion of a post.

"Well, on this particular play we had a slot to the left, but we had a tight end over there and a tight end to the right and both guys were off the ball. You could see where the confusion might come in because just one guy should be off the ball. All that was going through my mind at that point, on top of ‘I sure hope they are in the defense I think they are in,' but it worked out perfectly."

On his then-Super Bowl record 81-yard touchdown throw to Freeman:

"It was kind of the same situation. I made a protection change, and all I had to do was throw it out there. He did the rest. But on the biggest stage possible and to make those plays was good."


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