Tag Archives: Brett Favre

It’s Aaron Rodgers’ world and we’re just living in it

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When you witness the extraordinary week in and week out, does it become pedestrian? I’m not one to blow sunshine up anyone’s skirt, but we’re witnessing something truly amazing in Green Bay. And we are spoiled. Packers fans have become accustomed to a level of excellence when it comes to quarterbacks that dates back to 1993. That rarely happens with an organization.

And to quote Aaron Rodgers, he’s only scratching the surface.

Of course there are black box metrics, like PFF tried to pull off this week to try to knock his level of performance down a notch. But let’s face it, it hasn’t been able to hold any water and has been amended not once, but twice since they decided to give his 4 touchdowns, over three hundred yards in the air, and yet again ZERO interceptions was somehow worthy of an F-minus.

Not to badger Pro Football Focus for the absolute disconnect of their analysis. Other people have done a very good job trying to figure that out. Some have been asserted that nebulous metrics like this reward the circus “big plays” (whatever the heck that means) and that more pedestrian, “low risk” plays are scored much lower. So there appears to be a “wow” factor when it comes to rating quarterbacks that is not all that subjective.

But enough about PFF. The disconnect between his score and actual performance on the field perhaps underscores that Aaron Rodgers plays football in a way much different than his peers, and is possible that metrics of this nature penalize a player for not taking unnecessary risks?


Which Green Bay Packers Could Be Next in Hall of Fame?

Packers QB Brett Favre

Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf was officially enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame last Saturday, making him the 23rd Packer to receive a bust in Canton.

Green Bay boasts one of the NFL’s most historic and successful franchises, as evidenced by the fact that its 23 hall of famers are the second most in the league. The Packers are likely to see that number increase to 24 next year, when Brett Favre becomes eligible for induction. Which other Packers, whether active or retired, have the best chance to join the ranks of football’s greatest players?

Brett Favre (GB 1992-2007)

As mentioned, Favre is pretty much a lock to enter the Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility. He led the Packers to their first Super Bowl in nearly 30 years in 1996, where the team defeated the Patriots to take home the NFL Championship. The next season, he returned to the Super Bowl but lost to the Denver Broncos. From 1995-1997, Favre won three straight MVP awards, making him the first player to win three in a row and just the third player (at the time) to accomplish the feat.

At the time of his retirement, Favre held nearly every NFL record that a quarterback could achieve in his career. He has since seen his touchdown record overtaken by Peyton Manning, but currently is still the all-time leader in yards, completions, attempts, interceptions, starts, and wins.


Cheesehead Radio: Guess Who’s Back…Back Again…


Jayme, John, and CD make their return to the airwaves as the Green Bay Packers return to training camp. The battles are already fierce, and there’s no one better to bring you the latest on our favorite superstars, Cinderellas, and disappointments than the Cheesehead Radio gang.

John waxes poetic on Brett Favre and Ron Wolf, CD dissects the linebacker position, and Jayme returns with a vengeance as she dissects the Hall of Fame and lets us know which veterans linebackers she thinks aren’t going to make the roster in 2015.

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Bart Starr’s goal to return home in November

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I think it’s safe to assume everyone watching this past weekend’s celebration at Lambeau Field was surprised when Bart and Cherry Starr appeared on screen to congratulate Brett Favre as joined Packer greats in Green Bay’s Hall of Fame. For me, that was the most emotional part of the weekend. Starr is the elder statesman of the organization, and a stroke would not keep him away from a celebration of this magnitude.

Yet the Starr we saw on television was not the Bart Starr we are accustomed to. He wasn’t the same legend we have seen emerge from the Packers’ tunnel to the roar of the crowd welcoming home its favorite son. Time has caught up with him, and he looked frail, like an elderly parent or grandparent we pray can live forever. There’s no question there are still lingering effects of his heart attack and two strokes that he suffered last October.  His message was brief, and he sat in a chair, unspoken proof that he has not yet recovered. While he offered his congratulations, his  voice sounded thin, and his wife Cherry did most of the talking. His stroke had affected his ability to talk, and I can’t help but wonder if he has not yet fully regained this ability as well. Painful reminders that no one–kings and queens, heroes and legends, and even football players–are not immune to wear and tear of the human condition.


Brett Favre: The Return to Titletown

Brett Favre Returns to Titletown, Packers Hall of Fame Ceremony

I’m not sure there is any set of words that could completely describe Brett Favre‘s ceremony for his jersey retirement and Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame induction. The stubbornness of an elderly woman I saw outside Oneida gate before the stadium opened probably summed it up though.

I don’t know who this woman is personally but I can imagine that she is a big Brett Favre fan. I came to this conclusion when she was telling the medics tending to her that even though she had heat exhaustion she was still going to her seat for the ceremony. There were definitely more expletives used than I lead on.

My best friend Reese nearly keeled over from heat exhaustion inside Lambeau Field. I kept telling him we could leave and go somewhere with air conditioning but he wouldn’t budge.

It pretty much sums up Favre’s ceremony. Fans would literally die to see Favre back in Lambeau Field.

It’s fitting when you compare it to the type of quarterback Favre was. He was a guy who played through everything and never missed a game, even during his father’s death. I guess his fans were willing to do the same for his ceremony.

Green Bay is known for being the “Frozen Tundra” but it was far from that on Saturday evening. The weather was rough. It was a nice and sunny day but the heat index was over 95 degrees. I’m sure it was over 100 degrees inside the stadium. No wind either. It was hell on earth. But I’ve never seen hell so sweet.


One Game, One Kid, One Quarterback, a Lifetime as a Fan

Brett Favre Super Bowl XXXI

Growing up I watched football, but wasn’t a huge fan like I am now. I followed the Packers, because that’s what all Wisconsinites do. But I never really fell in love with the Green and Gold until January 26, 1997.

I was only five years old then, but I remember that day and that game vividly. I remember Reggie White’s three sacks and Desmond Howard’s back-breaking kick return. But what I remember most is the smile on the face of a guy who wore number four in the first quarter. I remember the pass to Andre Rison and Brett Favre running around the field like a small child. And to see that childlike wonder, that love for a game is what drove me into football fandom and eventually football playing and writing and broadcasting.

And with this momentous day here, with Brett Favre home again where he belongs, I feel like it is only appropriate that I share my memories of the man who was the key part in bringing Green Bay back to prominence in the NFL. No matter what your viewpoint on him is after how everything ended, you cannot deny his love for football and his impact on NFL history.

Brett Favre, for all his flaws, was “the Man” for almost 20 years. He played every game like it was his last and he always left it on the field. He sacrificed his body to get the throw off or to throw a block, or to make a tackle after one of his numerous head-scratching picks. But more than the numbers, the touchdowns, and the wins, he brought joy. He brought love and passion and the energy that the Packers and the NFL needed.


From the Benches: Favreisode with John Rehor

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The amazing John Rehor joins the From the Benches gang in the Cheeseystudio for nothing more than a rousing reminisce of the Green Bay Packers (and HOF inductee) Brett Favre.

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