Last night Brett Favre didn't take the field for the first time since 1992. After playing through pain, injury and the elements for 297 consecutive games, the 41 year old gunslinger finally met an injury he couldn't beat. During last night's game, Favre stood on the sidelines in silence, occasionally smiling, possibly reflecting on a career that may finally be over.
During Favre's epic journey, he played a total of 253 straight games for the Green Bay Packers, 16 straight for the New York Jets and 28 consecutive for the Minnesota Vikings. If you factor Playoff games into the equation, the steak adds up to a total a grand total of 321 consecutive starts.
With his latest shoulder injury, the epic story of the Silver Fox may have finally come to a close. There are currently rumors floating around that Favre may be placed on the Injured Reserve later in the week.
Love him or hate, Favre was a football player's football player. The swashbuckling gunslinger told a story that will never be told again. A master of drama and a football addict to his core, Brett Favre will be missed if this is indeed the end for number four. Below is the story of Favre's streak as told through football cards, starting in 1992 and ending in 2010, with each year featuring four cards.
Below are a few of Brett Favre's best football cards. An interesting trend that has developed with Brett Favre cards is that he "unofficially" has a pair of Packers rookie cards (1992 Stadium Club, 1992 Topps Gold), a Jets rookie card (2008 Absolute Memorabilia #101B) and a pair of Minnesota Vikings rookie cards (2009 Upper Deck 112B & 112C).
Of course none of them are official rookie cards, but each card perfectly captures the beginning of a new chapter in Favre's career. As a Vikings fan, my favorite is the 2009 Upper Deck #112B because it captures Favre's first moments as a member of the Minnesota Viking on cardboard. Favre's true rookie cards are from 1991, when he was member of the Atlanta Falcons.
- 1991 Stadium Club #94 Brett Favre UER RC ($40-$80)
- 1991 Stadium Club Super Bowl XXVI #94 Brett Favre UER ($400-$600)
- 1991 Star Pics Autographs #65 Brett Favre ($100-$175)
- 1992 Stadium Club #683 Brett Favre ($100-$200)
- 1992 Topps Gold #696 Brett Favre ($20-$40)
- 2009 Upper Deck Brett Favre 112B/112C (B= $150-$250, C=$50-$100)
- 2008 Absolute Memorabilia Retail #101B Brett Favre ($15-$30)
- 2009 Topps National Chicle Autographs #NCABF Brett Favre A ($200-$300)