Brett Favre: How Can You Not Love the Guy?

Corey CarrContributor INovember 19, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 15:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions on November 15, 2009 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Lions 27-10.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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If there is one player in the NFL that people love to see succeed, it is Brett Favre. To go along with that, if there is one player in the NFL I love to write about, it is Brett Favre.

Coincidence? I think not.

Brett Favre has stolen the hearts of NFL fans since the 1992 season when he became the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. He is in his 19th season as an NFL quarterback, and he has done a pretty good job.

Favre is the NFL leader in all time wins. That record stands for itself.

But I'm not here to brag about Favre's records, I think we all know what he has done.

Let's talk about the 2009 Minnesota Vikings' Brett Favre. The guy is remarkable.

Through 10 weeks of NFL football he is leading the league in passer rating, something he has never done. Brett has thrown 17 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Jay Cutler, the guy who was supposed to be the next Brett Favre, has thrown 17 interceptions this season.


Favre's 17-3 TD to INT ratio is easily the best of his career. Brett is also second in the NFL in plays over 40 yards, with 10. Another stat that is amazing to me is that Brett is 20th in the league amongst NFL quarterbacks in passing attempts per game, with 31.

Let me put this all together for you. He is fifth in TDs, 20th in passing attempts, and second to last with three INTs. The guy who has thrown less interceptions than him has only started at quarterback for his team for a few weeks. He's Shaun Hill of the 49'ers and he has two.

Brett's 68 percent completion rating is the highest of his career as well. Oh what's that, you want another career best? How about his career high yards per completion? That's right. He is averaging eight yards per completion.

So let me get this right...

The man with all the records is breaking his own career bests?


The thing about Brett is that he does not care about the records. Yes, he is thankful to have them, but his No. 1 concern always has been, and still is, winning football games.

This year is no different, as he has led the Minnesota Vikings to a 8-1 start.

The Vikings are second in the league in scoring, and seventh in the league in yards per game.

To all the Brett Favre doubters, Child Please. Thank you Chad Ochocinco for being so modest.

The fact of the matter is, Brett Favre is playing great football. Possibly the best football he has played in his career.

If you are a Green Bay fan, I understand your bitterness. If you want to see your NFC North team succeed, I can understand you not rooting for the guy. But if you're just Average Joe and you don't like Brett Favre, I'm confused.

Brett is an exciting player to watch. He does not give up on plays and will always play with his heart over his head. He has never played scared and never will.

He represents a you-get-what-you-earn kind of attitude and that seems really American to more people than just me.

Anytime I can watch Brett play I will, no matter what team he is playing for.

Here's to you Brett. This Sunday I'll have a beer and watch you tear up the Seahawks and continue your dominance of the NFL in 2009.