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Favre’s Career Had Its Jet Moments

Posted by Randy Lange on March 4, 2008 – 3:35 pm

Just when it seemed that No. 4 was going to change his uniform number to an infinity symbol, Brett Favre has called it a career.

It’s apparently official. The Green Bay Gunslinger has told his agent, the team and ESPN that he’s hung up his pads and his yellow helmet with the white G in the green circle for the last time.

Many think Favre toward the end of his career had grown whiny about whether or not he wanted to play on or retire, whether the Packers still wanted him, and the quality of the players he was being surrounded with.

But legions of Cheeseheads and just plain NFL fans love him for the quarterback he was throughout the Nineties all the way through to his final game this past season. Favre seemed reborn in ’07 and, if not for a bad overtime interception vs. the Giants in the NFC Championship Game, might have led Green Bay to one more Super Bowl appearance.

Favre won three league MVP awards, surpassed Dan Marino’s career records for touchdown passes and yardage, and leaves the game with a mind-boggling streak of 275 consecutive starts (253 regular-season, 22 postseason).

The Jets were involved in a sidebar to the start of Favre’s career, of course. As recently as January, Newsday revisited the 1991 draft in declaring that this year’s Packers-Giants title tilt was "another painful reminder of what might have been" for Green & White fans.

In the 1991 draft, Jets general manager Dick Steinberg, backed up by then-assistant Ron Wolf, had a trade in place with the then Phoenix Cardinals to leapfrog over Atlanta from the seventh pick of the second round to the fifth with the intention of selecting Favre.

"But when it came time for the Cardinals’ pick, they told us the guy they wanted was on the board, so they didn’t do the deal," Wolf recalled. "They picked their guy [DE Mike Jones], the Falcons picked Brett Favre, and that was it." The Jets selected Browning Nagle.

Then Wolf became Green Bay’s GM and traded with the Falcons for Favre. The rest is history.

Despite the fact that the Jets have started 15 different QBs to Green Bay’s one since ’92, the Green & White got some small revenge in their limited exposure to Favre. They played him four times, each time fared a little better, and won the last three.

I was fortunate to see all four games, three of them in Favre’s Lambeau Field shrine, and I was happy that the ineffective Favre we saw in the Jets’ 2006 rout was not the memory that we will be left with.

Here are capsules of the Jets’ meetings with No. 4:

Nov. 13, 1994 — Packers 17, Jets 10, Lambeau Field

Favre, in his best game vs. the Jets, threw red-zone touchdown passes to Robert Brooks and Anthony Morgan and completed 20 of 28, no completion longer than 17 yards, in defeating Boomer Esiason. Snow began falling late as the Jets fell to 5-5. They won at Minnesota the next week, then lost their last five to finish 6-10 and coach Pete Carroll was dismissed.

Sept. 3, 2000 — Jets 20, Packers 16, Lambeau Field

Opening day, and Vinny Testaverde, in his first game back after rehabbing his torn Achilles’ from the ’99 opener, outdueled Favre. Testaverde went 23-for-44 for 261 yards and led the visitors on a 74-yard drive to Curtis Martin’s 3-yard TD catch with 3:28 to play. Then Favre (14-for-34, 152 yards) got the Pack to the Jets 35 before throwing a deal-sealing pick to S Victor Green.

Dec. 29, 2002 — Jets 42, Packers 17, Meadowlands

The regular-season finale, and who can forget the buzz that went through the crowd and into the home team when news of the Patriots’ OT win over Miami flashed and the Jets knew that a win over Green Bay put them in the playoffs? The Pack, an NFC berth already clinched, were crushed as Chad Pennington (17-for-24, 196 yards, four TD passes) eclipsed Favre (16-for-33, 172).

Dec. 3, 2006 — Jets 38, Packers 10, Lambeau Field

The wind-chill was 2 degrees but the Jets were hotter than they were in ’02 in rolling to an inexplicable 31-0 halftime lead on the Frozen Tundra. Pennington, who produced scores on all five first-half drives, finished 25-for-35 for 263 yards while Favre lost a fumble on Bryan Thomas’ strip sack on his opening drive, threw two INTs and had to battle back to finish 24-for-47 for 214.


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23 Responses to “Favre’s Career Had Its Jet Moments”

  1. By Hogan on Mar 4, 2008 | Reply

    He will be missed by many football fans.

  2. By Anonymous on Mar 4, 2008 | Reply

    One of the greatest players of all time, mostly because of his passion for the game.

  3. By jake b in 323 on Mar 4, 2008 | Reply

    I was at the 06 game. Ranks as my favorite road trip ever, both for the final score, and the hospitality of GB. Loved Baker’s finger-wag and fake Lambeay Leap right before half when the score went to 31-0.
    Was not at the 02 game, but I got the same feeling of excitement when the Pats came back to beat Miami. After Vick failed to score one first and goal against Cle, I thought we were done.

  4. By Ira on Mar 4, 2008 | Reply

    Randy, In 94 wasn’t that the game that Rob Moore dropped a pass inside the 5 yd line at the end when the Jets were going in for the tie? Favre should have been a Jet. I do remember a friend of mine who thought Nagle was going to be a star. He went out and bought 75 Nagle rookie cards and i bought my son a Nagle jersey. I guess you can tell me where all those things are!

  5. By Damone on Mar 4, 2008 | Reply

    This is off the subject,but what was the point of signing Andre Woolfolk.We have plenty of cornerbacks that are better!!Why was he out of football in 2007??Brett was one of the best and i’m glad i was alive to watch someone like him play….BUT MAN, ALL THOSE INT’S!!

  6. By Damone on Mar 4, 2008 | Reply

    TRADE WITH DALLAS AND GET THOSE PICKS!!!

  7. By Andrew in Tucson on Mar 4, 2008 | Reply

    I was 13 yrs old when bret started playing. Unreal that he won’t be playing anymore. I was starting to think that aron rogers would retire before favre.
    Anyways J-E-T-S!!!! JETS! JETS! JETS!

  8. By joe b on Mar 4, 2008 | Reply

    The J*E*T*S had a 75% winning record against one of the games greatest.. Was that the best % in the NFL against Favre ?

  9. By Anonymous on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    farve played like every start was his first. Hats off to the rookie with 256 consecutive starts

  10. By hank on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    hawkins and woolfork, neither played in 07 good job front office

  11. By Ira on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    Damone, Woolfolk is a shot in the dark. He was a 1st rd pick who was one of the better CB’s with size coming out in 03. His career has not worked out the way people expected. But why not bring him in and give him a look. Sooner or later they will find a needle in a haystack. 03 mock drafts had him going to the Pats at #20. maybe that explains this signing. He still has to make the team.

  12. By Frank on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    Hey Ira, Here we go did you read the Daily News. Who do you think is spouting off? That cancer Coles that is who. He needs to go. I think this Pace signing stinks. This reminds me of the Thomas signing. Thomas excelled one year in the 3-4 got the big contract and disappeared last year. Pace did nothing in the 4-3 had a decent year in the 3-4 and we throw 22 million on this guy? I missed something?

  13. By Brandon on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    Brett Favre was the ultimate football player . He was the definition of what this sport is all about. He dealt with all of the ups and downs in life whether it be personal or professional. And he handled them with class and character. He enjoyed every snap in his NFL career and speaking for fans like myself. I just want to say, THANK YOU!

  14. By Frank on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    The ultimate irony. Steinberg and Wolf both agreed that Favre was the best QB on the board and felt he was worth a first rounder. We signed Rob Moore in the supplemental draft the year before giving up our first rounder. If they felt he was first round material why didn’t they trade up? Wolf then leaves for the Pack and the next year he sends the Falcons a first rounder for Favre. Typical Jets!

  15. By Randy Lange on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    Brett Favre, who has at least one win over every current NFL team, had his worst records against Dallas (2-9, .222), Kansas City (1-3, .250) and the Jets (1-3, .250).

  16. By Hogan on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    Frank the only reason we gave PACE that much $ is to still him away from MIAMI. As for WOLFOLK and HAWKINS, its called depth, and is a good move.

  17. By Ira on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    Frank, Sorry i love the Pace signing and think he will be the best of all the guys they signed. The jets did their homework on him and if Parcells signed him nobody would be questioning this move. As for LC he is not a cancer like you mentioned. If anything he is the most respected player in the locker room. This will not turn into another PK deal. Been there done that. GO JETS!

  18. By Anonymous on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    Hogan, I didn’t say I had a problem with the other 2 signings. As for Pace it’s the same thing we are spending big money on a 2nd tier player who is unproven. We need impact players with that kind of money. I would have preferred to get a shot at Gohlston who is a sack specialist and is the same size as Pace. I am OK with the other signings. I hope Pace does do well for Tangini’s sake.

  19. By Frank on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    Ira you have to be kidding. Coles in addition to shooting his mouth off has already stated he is not going to OTA’s. I don’t hear Rhodes or Baker making a peep and both of them deserve to be resigned before Coles. Lastly, he is definitely not the most respected player in the lockeroom by a long shot. Given the contract Moss got Coles is already overpaid. Trade him to the Bears…draft M. Kelly.

  20. By Hogan on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    I too am a little weary of Pace, Frank. But I rather we have him than the Fins.

  21. By Howard on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    best road trip ever was to laumbau for the season opener in 2000 the pack fans were fabulous and the game was great esp w/a jet win was also at the 04 game the best the stadium ever sounded chad brings that game up all the time,and that was the best fg venateri ever kicked,as for the signings not sure about pace or woody.would rather have olivia from sd younger and better, lets win jets

  22. By SLAZE on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    I’M HAPPU ABOUT ALL THE SIGNINGS!WE DON’T KEEP ANY PLAYERS HERE THAT DON’T WANT TO BE HERE.THATS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS NEW YORK JETS ORGANIZATION.WE WANT PLAYERS WHO ENJOY AND WANT TO BE PLAYING HERE!!!A PERFECT EXAMPLE IS SHAUN ELLIS!A GREAT PLAYER,ONE WHO’S THERE RAIN,SNOW,SHINE,WIND,ANYTHING.GIVING HIS ALL EVERYTIME HE STEPS OUT ON THAT FIELD!

  23. By Andrew in Philly on Mar 12, 2008 | Reply

    A trip to Lambeau with my brother and two best friends to see the Jets battle the Pack in Dec-06 was incredible. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to experience Favre vs. Chad at Lambeau and at the same time experience a Jet’s win!!! The Packers fans are so wonderful; however, it’s hard not to become a Packers fan after you leave the frozen tundra!!! Thanks for the memories Brett!!!

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