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Brett Favre finished his career with a record 310 INTs.
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For the most part Brett Favre announcing that he was retiring (again) was met with a collective shrug. There were two reasons for the ho-hum nature. Alex Rodriguez had dominated the news all week with the admission he used steroid, as first reported by Sports Illustrated. Secondly, it as time for Favre to call it a career.

As Bryan Graham noted earlier this week, Favre's Hall of Fame career ended on quite the sour note. Nonetheless, there's no denying the overall body of work was impressive.

Perhaps most impressive was Favre's durability. He made 269 consecutive starts, the longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history. Favre also holds a dubious record with 310 interceptions, giving his critics a little ammunition. But nobody threw more passes than Favre, so it sort of makes sense that he threw more picks than anybody.

During his 16-year career, Favre averaged about one interception every 30 pass attempts. That is hardly hideous, compared to Hall of Fame quarterbacks who played the majority of their careers in the Super Bowl era. Here's a look at HOF QBs' interception-to-pass attempt ratios, from best to worst, with playoffs in parenthesis:

Joe Montana: 38.78 (34.9 in playoffs)

Steve Young: 38.77 (36.2)

Troy Aikman: 33.4 (29.5)

Dan Marino: 33.2 (28.6)

John Elway: 32.1 (30.1)

Favre: 29.9 (25.8)

Warren Moon: 29.3 (28.8)

Jim Kelly: 27.3 (19.5)

Roger Staubach: 27.1 (21.6)

Fran Tarkenton: 24.3 (17.2)

Dan Fouts: 23.2 (17.9)

Len Dawson: 20.4 (17.6)

Bob Griese: 19.9 (18.9)

Terry Bradshaw: 18.6 (17.5)

Joe Namath: 17.1 (29.3)

 

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