Being a first ballot Hall of Famer was never in doubt for Brett Favre. His 20-year NFL career helped revitalize a Green Bay Packers franchise that was on life support.
During his career, he won a Super Bowl and played in two with the Packers. He was a game away from playing in a third, as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
Ron Wolf, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, took a chance on Favre. He traded a first round pick to Atlanta to get him. Doctors said a hip injury would shorten Favre’s career, but Wolf rolled the dice and it paid off.
Favre’s head coach at the time, Mike Holmgren, as well as quarterbacks coach Steve Mariucci deserve a lot of credit. Favre was talented, but he was a stallion that needed to be broken. It took some doing, but the common theme between them was winning. [Read more…]