December 2, 2013

MVP Profile: Brett Favre, 1997

Quarterback, Green Bay Packers

Age:  28 (Oct. 10)
7th season in pro football, 6th with Packers
College: Southern Mississippi
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 225

Chosen by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 1991 NFL draft, Favre saw scant action in Atlanta before being traded to Green Bay after one year. There was no question as to the young quarterback having outstanding tools, in particular a strong passing arm, but with new Head Coach Mike Holmgren looking to operate the West Coast offense, he was viewed as a raw talent with questionable maturity who would back up veteran Don Majkowski. However, Majkowski was injured early in the season and Favre nearly led the Packers to the postseason as he passed for 3227 yards and 18 TDs with a 64.1 completion percentage and was selected to the Pro Bowl. He also displayed toughness, playing the last seven games with a separated left shoulder. There were growing pains in ’93 as Favre, a natural improviser, bridled at Holmgren’s efforts at making him more disciplined. He led the NFL by throwing 24 interceptions, but Green Bay made it to the postseason and Favre was again named to the Pro Bowl. While he wasn’t selected in ’94, his numbers improved to 3882 yards passing with 33 TDs against 14 interceptions. In 1995 Favre led the league in passing yards (4413), TD passes (38), and TD percentage (6.7) and was not only selected to the Pro Bowl but was a consensus first-team All-NFL selection and received MVP recognition. He again received MVP, first-team All-NFL, and Pro Bowl honors in ’96 after once more leading the NFL in TD passes (a career-high 39) and TD percentage (7.2) and the Packers won the Super Bowl.

1997 Season Summary
Appeared and started in all 16 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Attempts – 513 [6]
Most attempts, game – 43 at Detroit 9/28
Completions – 304 [4]
Most completions, game – 25 at Tampa Bay 12/7
Yards – 3867 [2, 1st in NFC]
Most yards, game – 363 at Indianapolis 11/16
Completion percentage – 59.3 [7, tied with Warren Moon]
Yards per attempt – 7.5 [4, tied with Jeff George & Mark Brunell]
TD passes – 35 [1]
Most TD passes, game – 5 vs. Minnesota 9/21
Interceptions – 16 [3, tied with Warren Moon]
Most interceptions, game – 3 at Detroit 9/28
Passer rating – 92.6 [4]
300-yard passing games – 2
200-yard passing games – 11

Attempts – 58
Most attempts, game - 9 (for 32 yds.) at New England 10/27
Yards – 187
Most yards, game – 32 yards (on 9 carries) at New England 10/27
Yards per attempt – 3.2
TDs – 1

TDs – 1
Points – 6

Postseason: 3 G
Pass attempts – 97
Most attempts, game - 42 vs. Denver, Super Bowl
Pass completions – 56
Most completions, game - 25 vs. Denver, Super Bowl
Passing yardage – 668
Most yards, game - 256 vs. Denver, Super Bowl
TD passes – 5
Most TD passes, game - 3 vs. Denver, Super Bowl
Interceptions – 3
Most interceptions, game - 2 vs. Tampa Bay, NFC Divisional playoff

Rushing attempts – 7
Most rushing attempts, game - 5 vs. Tampa Bay, NFC Divisional playoff
Rushing yards – -8
Most rushing yards, game - 2 vs. Tampa Bay, NFC Divisional playoff
Average gain rushing – -1.1
Rushing TDs – 0
2-pt PAT – 1

Awards & Honors:
NFL MVP: AP (co-winner)
1st team All-NFL: AP, PFWA, Sporting News
1st team All-NFC: Pro Football Weekly
Pro Bowl

Packers went 13-3 to finish first in the NFC Central while leading conference in scoring (422 points) and TDs (50). Won NFC Divisional playoff over Tampa Bay Buccaneers (21-7) and NFC Championship over San Francisco 49ers (23-10). Lost Super Bowl to Denver Broncos (31-24).

Favre led the NFL in pass completions (347), completion percentage (63.0), and passing yards (4212) in 1998, although the team’s fortunes began to fade. He played through many injuries over the ensuing years to put together a string of 297 consecutive starts that finally ended in 2010. Along the way he had six 4000-yard passing seasons and reached 3000 in 18 years. He also threw 30 or more TD passes nine times. After initially retiring from the Packers in 2007, Favre made a comeback that led to an acrimonious departure from Green Bay and he played with the New York Jets in 2008. A season that started promisingly with the Jets proved disappointing and Favre led the league by tossing 22 interceptions. Again calling it quits, he was lured back by the Minnesota Vikings, finishing up with two seasons there. Overall, Favre left as the all-time NFL leader in pass attempts (10,169), completions (6300), yards (71,838), TD passes (508), and, on the downside, interceptions (336).


MVP Profiles feature players who were named MVP or Player of the Year in the NFL, AAFC (1946-49), AFL (1960-69), WFL (1974), or USFL (1983-85) by a recognized organization (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, Newspaper Enterprise Association, United Press International, The Sporting News, Maxwell Club – Bert Bell Award, or the league itself). 

[Updated 11/30/14]