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NFL Hall of Fame: Brett Favre Turned Quarterbacks Into Football Players Again

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It’s what kids of all ages do: We copy the greats and those athletes that make us fall in love with the game. Brett Favre’s style not only made it fun to watch, but it led him to Pro Football’s Hall of Fame.

For all his faults – on and off the field – Favre reminded everyone that quarterbacks were actually football players. It wasn’t always smooth and it was rarely how you teach it, but Favre led the Green Bay Packers like any other player fighting in the trenches for the logo on his helmet.

His teammates and fans loved and adored him for it.

Photo Credit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel File

Photo Credit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel File

He stood in and took enormous shots all over his body, yet he’d keep getting up. He was starting every week and managing to be one of the best in the league – despite playing with broken thumbs, tendinitis, sprained ankles, and probably a few concussions (known and unknown).

Favre believed – and just about everyone else agreed – that he needed to be under center to give the Packers the best chance. Even at 50% with no practice during the week, it was normally the right call to give the ball to Brett.

Part of Favre’s allure and success came in the way he played the game. We always talk about him playing the way the average fan would if they ever got the chance – having fun, drawing up plays in the dirt, and doing everything we thought was necessary to win.

The first thoughts will always go back to his cannon arm and propensity to believe he could make every throw from one corner of the field to the other. Sometimes he was wrong, but most of the time he made it work the only way he knew how.

LeRoy Butler recently mentioned that he and the defense encouraged Favre to just be himself and not worry about check downs or “thinking too much.” They wanted Brett to let it rip, because that was the only way the Packers were winning consistently. If he messed up, the defense had his back.

Thus the journey began – a long and storied one that saw Favre wow the masses, both inside and outside of Lambeau Field. Though the love affair grew tiresome for many, and the break-up was difficult, there’s no denying what he meant to the franchise, the fans and quarterbacks around the NFL, present and future.

I’m sure we can all recount some of our favorite Favre throws:

His first game-winner against the Cincinnati Bengals after he took over for Don Majkowski. The only Favre-to-Kitrick Taylor TD ever. Unbelievable finish, since he looked awful for most of the game.

Rolling left, then unleashing an absolute bomb for what felt like 150 yards to the right side to hit Sterling Sharpe, giving the Packers their first playoff win in more than a decade.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel File

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel File

The two beauties to Andre Rison and Antonio Freeman, both on audibles, to get things rolling for Green Bay as they’d finally win the franchise’s 3rd Super Bowl – nearly 30 years after Super Bowl II.

Pinpoint throws in the game after his dad’s death, the overtime walk-off to Greg Jennings in Denver or any of the tosses that completed one of Favre’s 45 game-winning drives among his record 186 regular season NFL victories (tied with Peyton Manning for first all time).

It’s a list that goes on forever, and there are more that we’ve forgotten than we could ever remember.

Countless stiff arms, double-coverage lasers, across-the-body head shakers, long, arching missiles, and every type of weird jump pass, shovel, backhand flip that made us cover our eyes, smile and simply say:

“Only Brett!”

Favre changed the perception of what quarterbacks could (or should) do, much to the chagrin of Mike Holmgren in the early years. Favre wasn’t so concerned with mechanics or style points, but in doing what it took to get the job done.

Gannett Wisconsin Media File

Gannett Wisconsin Media File

Look around the league and his imprints are all over the place. Back foot throws, in-pocket scrambling, rocket passes in tight spaces, and playing with an intensity that was normally reserved for linebackers.

Derek Carr, quarterback of the Oakland Raiders for example, wears the number 4 as he always admired Favre. Many have even compared the young QB to the Packers’ Hall-of-Famer for many of the reasons so many loved him.

Now maybe I’m naive or just too young, but very few (if any) quarterbacks were doing things like Favre before he made it fun to actually play football and not “just be a QB.” There was most often a “Hollywood” feel to the signal callers.

Not so with Favre.

Lead blocking on broken run plays or end arounds? Favre was diving headlong at guys when other QBs were spectators 20 yards behind the play. Whether they were scared, too fragile or simply felt it wasn’t their place, quarterbacks weren’t keen on helping the cause on a run play.

Now you see numerous QBs acting on instinct and looking to – at least – get a piece of a defender to help spring a runner loose. That’s being a football player and playing to win.

Random shovel passes to turn nothing into something or a sack into a touchdown? Favre, more often than not, went to the backyard type toss knowing it’s ugly, it’s risky, but it often had a great reward.

Two of his best “improvised” throws weren’t even technically shovel passes, but quick thinking and amazing skill.

One came against the Minnesota Vikings in a primetime game. Chased right with a defender hanging on his hips, Favre tossed a perfect spiral – underhanded – for a TD.

Ahman Green made a terrific catch in his own right, though the throw was one that made you laugh out loud and shake your head. Packers’ fans and Packers haters alike had that reaction many times.

The second throw came in the NFC Divisional game following the 2007 season. On a 3rd and 8, Favre spun out of a sack and stumbled to the right with his head down. Moments before falling to the turf, the 38-year-old QB gave another underhand toss a try.

This time Donald Lee was there to grab it and pick up a first down inside the 5-yard line. It set up a touchdown that gave the Packers a 28-17 lead at halftime, en route to Favre’s last win as a Packer.

We all love to compare great quarterbacks from over the years, which is truly a fruitless quest with so many factors playing into one’s success. With that said, I’d argue that of all the quarterbacks in history, Favre was most equipped to win with any team, in any system, in any era.

Jim Biever, Packers.com

Jim Biever, Packers.com

As Packers fans, we have three incredible leaders to compare within the same franchise. Each of them – Bart Starr, Aaron Rodgers and Favre – were in the building last Thanksgiving night for the addition of Favre to the Lambeau Ring of Honor. It was a special night.

Each of them have similarities and obvious differences, yet Favre is the only one of the three I could honestly see thriving with any of the teams they’ve commandeered.

For a generation or two of fans, all they’ve known is winning in Green Bay. Though Favre was far from the only player to set that expectation in motion, he was the key cog that reigniting a stuggling franchise.

As Favre enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he should not only be recognized as one of the immortals of the NFL, but also as one of the true innovators at his position. Favre made quarterbacks real football players once again.

Doug Mills, Associated Press

Doug Mills, Associated Press

 

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2018 Opponents Set For Each NFL Team

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Now that the 2017 regular season in the books, it’s time to look forward to the 2018 season right?

Just like eating at some of the top restaurants in the nation, it’s good to know what’s on your plate next, regardless of how far away you are from your next dish.

Here is the rundown of the opponents for each NFL team in 2018:

AFC EAST

 

New England Patriots
Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

Buffalo Bills
Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings

Miami Dolphins
Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans
Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings

New York Jets
Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

AFC NORTH

 

Pittsburgh Steelers
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Baltimore Ravens
Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans

Cincinnati Bengals
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers

Cleveland Browns
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC SOUTH

 

Jacksonville Jaguars
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

Tennessee Titans
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

Indianapolis Colts
Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants
Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Houston Texans
Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants
Away: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

AFC WEST

 

Kansas City Chiefs
Home: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Los Angeles Chargers
Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Oakland Raiders
Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

Denver Broncos
Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers

NFC EAST

 

Philadelphia Eagles
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

Dallas Cowboys
Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

New York Giants
Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers

NFC NORTH

 

Minnesota Vikings
Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks

Detroit Lions
Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

Green Bay Packers
Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins

Chicago Bears
Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers

NFC SOUTH

 

New Orleans Saints
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

Carolina Panthers
Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins

Atlanta Falcons
Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants
Away: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins
Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

NFC WEST

 

Los Angeles Rams
Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles
Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks
Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders

Arizona Cardinals
Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins
Away: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings

San Francisco 49ers
Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders
Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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NFL Community Remembers Former NFL Wide Receiver Terry Glenn

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Terry Glenn

Terry GlennOn Monday, the NFL community lost a Super Bowl athlete. On a highway in Arlington, Texas, Terry Glenn and his Fiance were in the car when Glenn hit the concrete guardrail dividing the toll road and the highway. Then other cars crashed behind him causing a five-car pileup. When the Emergency Medical Team (EMT) arrived on the scene, they transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas where around 1:00 am he was pronounced dead.

In 1996, Terry Gleen started his football career with the New England Patriots. With the 7th overall pick in the draft, the Patriots took him. Gleen played five seasons with the New England Patriots and even won the Super Bowl.

After the 2001 season, the Patriots cut Terry Glenn and told him he was going to be cut.

Shortly, after he was waived the Green Bay Packers during the 2002 season.

Finally, he went to the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-2007.

After the 2007 season with Dallas, Glenn decided to walk away from the game. When he did, he had some incredible numbers. In his career, he accumulated over 8,000 yards, 44 yards in 157 games he played. During his retirement, Gleen had substance abuse problems that lasted several years.

From everyone here at Sports Rants are hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends for this difficult loss. Terry Glenn was 43 years old.

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Aaron Rodgers Carted Off Field vs. Vikings, May Miss Rest of Season

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Down in Minneapolis, Minnesota, an NFC North battle was underway. On the Minnesota Vikings first possession, they scored the first touchdown of the game. Then the Packers came onto the field. Early on, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was teaching the Vikings’ a thing or two when on a 2nd and 9 at the Packers’ 39-yard line, Rodgers was part of a defense sandwich. When looking at the replay, it shows one of the Minnesota Vikings defenders laying on top of Aaron Rodgers’ clavicle

Before getting carted off the field, Rodgers was doing well. He went for 2-4, 18 yards. In Rodgers place was quarterback Brett Hundley. When he was inserted into the game, he went for 18-33, 157 yards, TD, 3 INT.

According to many sources around the National Football League, Rodgers maybe missing the remainder of the 2017 season. But, this is not the first time Aaron Rodgers has had a clavicle injury. During the 2012 season, he had the same injury and only missed about seven weeks.

Aaron Rodgers Injury is just the latest player going down. As for the team itself, it will be a struggle just to get a win. When Aaron Rodgers is out on the field, the Green Bay Packers are 42-19. However, when he’s not on the field, the Packers are just a measly 2-8-1.

Heading down the home stretch of the 2017 regular season, the Green Bay Packers still have the New Orleans Saints, who just put 50+ points on the board against Detroit. After the saints, they get a well-needed bye week before they face Matthew Staford and the Detroit Lions. Minus the Week 14 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, the Green Bay Packers have to face the Lions one more time, the Bears again, and they also have to face the Steelers, Ravens, Buccaneers, and the Carolina Panthers.

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