Ode To Brett

Vikings fans have been heartbroken and frustrated by Brett Favre over the years, but No. 4 has vaulted himself up the career statistical charts and, on the brink of breaking the TD record, his accomplishments are pretty stunning.

It's been something of an annual ritual for media types to fawn over Brett Favre. After hinting at retirement the last two or three seasons, Favre is on a roll with a young Packers team most people simply assumed was in rebuilding mode. Instead they're 3-0 and Favre is looking like he's ready to stay for a long time.

But when Favre does leave, what will Packers fans do? His 240 starts in a row are more than double the guy who held the record for quarterbacks before him (Ron Jaworski with 116) and 93 more than his next closest rival – Peyton Manning, who hasn't missed a start in 147 games.

Since Favre became the Packers QB Sept. 27 2002, the Vikings are one of five teams that has started 13 different quarterbacks. Three others have started 14, four have started 15, three have started 16, two have started 17 and the division rival Bears have started 20 – which will turn to 21 when Brian Griese makes his first start this week.

His numbers are quite daunting. In the history of the game, only eight quarterbacks have thrown for more than 270 touchdowns. Favre currently sits at 420 TDs – a full 150 more than nine on the all-time list and 120 more than fourth-place John Elway.

While he sits exactly 3,000 yards behind Dan Marino's career yardage total of 61,361 yards, with the way the Packers are throwing the ball this year, that record might be in jeopardy before the season is over.

If this is the last time Favre comes to the Metrodome, Vikings fans should give him the ovation he deserves. He is truly one of the greats and those that have seen him play should consider themselves privileged to have done so. His Hall of Fame ticket was punched years ago. His legend continues to grow.

* Tarvaris Jackson did a little more work Thursday in practice, but with the bye week following Sunday's game, it's almost certain that T-Jack will sit this week and give his injured groin the time it needs to heal.
* It looks like both Troy Williamson and Chester Taylor will be able to play Sunday.
* Two Packers – RB Brandon Jackson and wide receiver Greg Jennings – didn't take part in Thursday's practice.
* Both of the Packers starting cornerbacks – Al Harris and Charles Woodson – have been slowed with injuries, but they're both expected to play Sunday.
* For those who think it's improbable for the Packers to throw 50 times Sunday, consider this – in their two wins over the Vikings last year, Favre threw 42 passes in one game and 50 in the other.
* Former Viking Cedric Killings had a lot of people praying for him when he cracked the C-4 vertabrae around his spine. Apparently that may have helped. This morning he walked out of the hospital on his own power and is expected to make a full recovery. Killings, who plays for the Texans, suffered the injury last Sunday against the Colts and there were fears that there could potentially be some paralysis involved.

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