Ask Brett Favre to describe himself, and he’ll give it to you straight.
“I don’t dress good, my hair is usually out of place and I don’t shave all that often,” Favre admitted on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “You would think that you would be pretty flashy, and I would consider myself far from flashy. I think people appreciate the simpleness.”
Favre, 46, will almost certainly be voted into the Hall of Fame this weekend. That’s exciting enough, but throw in what could be one of the all-time great Super Bowls, and you’ve got the recipe for a very exciting weekend.
But Favre, well, Favre wants a nap.
“I want to rest,” he said. “In spite of what people may think, I’m pretty simple. It’s hard to be simple out here. I’m honored to be here, regardless of how it goes this weekend. Nothing’s ever a lock. I tell people this all the time: just the fact of playing in the NFL itself it way more than I could ever hope for. To have played in Pro Bowls, to have played in a Super Bowl, MVPs – all those things – is (unbelievable). So to be here is special, but the body of work is really special. You’re not here without playing. I’m pretty thankful for my whole career.”
Favre, who holds numerous NFL records, ranks second all-time in both passing yards (71,838) and passing touchdowns (508). He was also a three-time MVP, an 11-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion, spending 16 of his 20 seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
And yet, Favre was worried about the reception he would receive when he was honored last year at Lambeau Field.
“I was a little bit nervous,” he admitted. “The last time I walked in Lambeau Field was not good. Of course I was an opponent. Not just an opponent, but for so long I was the quarterback there. You hear what people are saying or what people may say, but you just don’t know. Until I see it, I’m not going to believe it. I think I was still gauging it off the last time I was at Lambeau, but I’ll tell you what: how I envisioned it or (was) hoping it would go was far exceeded when I walked out there. It was special.”
Favre was asked to weigh in on the GOAT debate. If Joe Montana is the greatest quarterback of all time, who’s No. 2? Is it Peyton Manning? Tom Brady? Johnny Unitas? Favre himself?
“Even Joe Montana can be debated by a lot of people, especially the newer generation,” Favre said. “The more history that is amassed in the game, the more argument you will hear. I look at Joe Montana – everything looked perfect. He didn’t have the greatest arm, he wasn’t overly mobile, he wasn’t big. But not only did he beat you with his brains; he ever looked panicked and he never lost. These other guys maybe have lost. But I would never throw myself up there. And what do you judge it on? If it’s strictly Super Bowls, there’s a lot of guys you could go (with).”
Brandon Tierney doesn’t go on just Super Bowls. Neither does Favre. Super Bowls and stats are just pieces of the pie. A lot goes into it.
“The human element is always going to be skewed,’ Favre said. “(People think), ‘I like my guy.’ So be it.”