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Favre deal still has impact

Ten years ago, Ron Wolf pulled off one of the best trades in NFL history – acquiring Brett Favre for the Green Bay Packers for a first-round draft choice.<p> Meanwhile, everybody says "there are no more big trades in the NFL anymore."<p>

Well, the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins certainly would not agree with that theory.

Trades that these clubs engineered this year are paying handsome dividends.

The Bills acquired quarterback Drew Bledsoe from New England, and he has infused a new spirit into the team as well as captured the top spot in the AFC in attempts, completions and yards. He has thrown 12 touchdown passes – tied for second-most in the conference - and is the AFC's fourth-ranked passer.

Bledsoe also set an NFL record on September 29 by throwing for his fourth career overtime TD pass.

In Miami, the Dolphins couldn't be more pleased with their acquisition of running back Ricky Williams from the New Orleans Saints.

Williams has given the AFC East-leading Dolphins a consistent, powerful running game.

In his five outings, Williams has rushed for 100 yards four times (and 66 yards in his other game), one short of the Dolphins' season record in the category. In his first three games, he posted the most yards (394) of any back joining a new team since 1970.

And Favre? Just look at last Monday night for proof that the now-retired Ron Wolf knew what he was doing back in 1992.

It was vintage Favre on Monday as he lifted the Packers to a 4-1 record with a 34-21 victory over division-rival Chicago.

At his exuberant best, Favre surpassed 40,000 passing yards in his career - only the eighth player in NFL history to do so -- by completing 22 of 33 attempts for 359 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 133.3 passer rating for the game. Included in his barrage was the longest play from scrimmage in the NFL this year - an 85-yard touchdown strike to Donald Driver.

For his efforts, Favre, who turned 33 Thursday, was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, his seventh such honor. He leads the NFC in passer rating (100.8).

"In all the success I've had, I never imagined any of it," says Favre. "I always just wanted the opportunity to play and I got that."

He got that thanks to Wolf, the Packers' general manager from 1992-2001.

On February 10, 1992, Wolf exchanged a first-round draft choice with the Atlanta Falcons for the unknown 22-year-old Favre. At the time, Favre had appeared in two games for Atlanta and thrown five passes - two of which were intercepted.

The trade made no national headlines, simply a line in the daily "transactions" column. But Favre was the guy Wolf, in his first full year with the Packers, wanted.

"We believed all along that he was the best player in the '91 draft," says Wolf, now living in Annapolis, Maryland, and doing analysis on Navy games. "Our belief was borne out. He won three MVP awards, which was never done."

And he led the Packers to two Super Bowls, winning one.

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