Brett Favre has no shortage of crowning achievements. Analysts and broadcasters have annoyingly gushed over Favre for years. He is leaving an indelible mark on the history of the game. If you measure a great quarterback by statistics, then Favre is the greatest of all time; if post season interceptions aren’t listed on the stat line. Favre played like a warrior in the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints. He played hurt and his team played stupid. Untimely penalties and turnovers cost the Vikings their first trip to the Super Bowl since the 1976 season. Favre played well but, long after he retires (if and when) I'll remember him for critical turnovers in big games unfortunately, and not for his iron man streak or gunslinger attitude that has made him the winningest qb in the history of the NFL.
Meanwhile, another quarterback great destined for the Hall of Fame has called it quits. There is some debate as to whether Kurt Warner should be inducted in to the Hall. He all but disappeared after he left St. Louis and was benched in New York during his brief stint with the Giants. Warner re-emerged better than ever for the Arizona Cardinals and led a once feeble franchise to its first Super Bowl. Warner and the Cardinals nearly knocked off the Steelers in Super Bowl 43. The reborn quarterback played admirably. Warner clearly belongs in the Hall based on his statistics, ability and one barometer that, as far as I know isn’t used when deciding who gets voted into the hallowed halls of Canton. Strength of character. Warner is one of the great character guys in all of pro sports. If only more pro athletes were like Warner, then we would have a superabundance of role models. Imagine that.