Well, now that Brett Favre has officially retired, we can officially start talking about his place in the Pantheon of quarterbacks. Where does he rank? His numbers may say he's the best ever, but numbers aren't everything. A few QB's have won more titles than Favre's one. So, where does Brett rank among the games all-time greats?
Now, whenever I used to be in an argument about who the greatest QB of all time was, I would say Johnny Unitas. He won 4 titles, threw for 40,000 yards, and nearly 300 TDs. There was probably never a tougher QB, and he was incredibly clutch and oh so skilled, putting up some great seasons. He's definitly up there still, but some other QBs have overcome him for me.
Now, I think it may be Joe Montana. He won 3 Super Bowls, 2 NFL MVPs, and his pasing stats are far superior to Unitas, at least in terms of rating and TD-INT ratio. He was just as clutch, and put up some of the greatest big game performances ever. I don't care what anybody ever says, if there is a game on the line, I'd take Montana, not Tom Brady. He was a legend and maybe the greatest QB ever.
So where does Brett stack up against these 2 favorites and some other legends? The first time I posed this question to myself, I was pretty convinced that Favre is great, but Montana, Unitas, and maybe even Otto Graham were better QBs. But, I started to think about it. What does Brett not beat every other QB in history in? He's the all-time leader in TDs, passing yards, he played every single game for 16 consectutive years, he won a Super Bowl even though unlike Montana he had very little talent around him on defense, and then that one killer stat. 3 MVPs. 3 MVPs, holy crap. No one has ever won that many, which is spectacular. That means 3 times (and it should have been 4 for this season, but oh well) Brett Favre was the best player in the NFL. And that's something no one else can say. Plus, he did all this amazing stuff with recievers like Bubba Franks and javon Walker. Nice players, but Montana had that Jerry Rice guy and Unitas had some stacked offenses. The more I think about it, Brett Favre seems like the greatest ever. And you know, I am now not afraid to say it. Favre had Marino's numbers, but with a championship; Montana's clutch play, but he carried his team more; and even if Graham had more championships and Unitas had a more storied career, Favre has them trumped. So now I'll say it. Brett Favre is the greatest QB in NFL history.