The name Brett Favre was at one time synonymous with Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers. Taken 6th in the second round by the Falcons in 1991, Favre’s first passes were interceptions; the Falcons later traded him to the Packers. There he would play 16 seasons, win a super bowl and amount nearly every passing record there is in the NFL. After all these records, many wondered when Favre would retire and what age. There answer came at the end of the 2007 season when he announced that he would retire. However he wouldn’t stay retired for long as the three-time NFL MVP later announced he would be coming back into the NFL and was traded to the Jets. Once again he retired after the 2008 season; he would come back for the 2009 season and sign with the Minnesota Viking and star running-back Adrian Peterson. Although Favre was a reckless passer and risk-takers, he is the greatest athlete of all time because he has had more success than anyone in the most dangerous sports in the world.
One of the things that make Favre the greatest athlete of all time is that at the age of 40, he has taken hits from some of the best defensive players and has also gotten up from them despite his aging body. In the NFL, a hit can knock the wind out of a player or even cause injury, despite being sacked nearly 500 times, he has still never missed a game have started 280 games. Not only does he thrive in a league where older players are tossed aside for the fresh new college talent, but he still knows how to pressure defenses and win. Winning is what Favre does well and even holds the record for most career regular-season victories. With the constant blitzes that come from opposing teams, Favre has still managed to average 3,000 passing yards every season; but that can also be attributed to his ability to buy time by moving around in the pocket then find his receivers.
Favre has managed to stay in shape for almost two decades and now with the Vikings, he is once again proving that he is the best athlete of all-time. The season before Favre joined the Vikings; they were struggling and did not have a chance at making the play-offs. With Favre’s rocket arm to add the running abilities of Peterson, Favre has made it so the team is in the run to make it deep into the play-offs. Even with a brand new team who was his rival while he played for the Packers, he has quickly adjusted to the new offense. He has learned to be more careful with passing the ball and for the first time in his career has had a quarterback rating over 100.00, showing that he is still able to learn and turn that knowledge into success.
His mark has been left on the NFL and he is without a doubt a future Hall of Famer who will most likely play for one or two more years. But he might still find a way to play through into his 50’s. However for his health and family he will have to consider a final retirement by at most 45, because the human body can only take so much punishment. He has done it all in the NFL as a quarterback and has been a role-model for young upcoming quarter backs.