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Favre on Letterman - Brett Farve on David Letterman

Updated on April 25, 2008

Brett Farve on Letterman 4-24-2008

In February 2007 Brett Favre underwent minor arthroscopic ankle surgery in Green Bay, Wisconsin to remove a buildup of bone spurs in his left ankle. Favre made a full recovery and attended team workouts in May 2007.

There were rumors leading up to the 2007 NFL Draft that the New England Patriots and the Packers were the two teams most interested in acquiring wide receiver Randy Moss. On April 29, 2007, the Raiders agreed to a trade with the Patriots, sending Moss to Foxborough, Massachusetts in exchange for a fourth-round selection, the 110th overall, in the 2007 NFL Draft. The difference between the Packers offer and the Patriots offer was whether or not the money would be guaranteed. The Patriots were willing to guarantee the deal while the Packers balked at this clause. Favre criticized the Packers for their decision regarding Moss's contract, thinking that acquiring a player of Randy Moss's skill would give Green Bay a better chance at winning a championship. It was rumored Green Bay's decision to not give Moss a guaranteed contract led to Favre requesting a trade from the team, which he later denied. Favre broke Dan Marino's touchdown pass record on September 30, 2007, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Favre broke Dan Marino's touchdown pass record on September 30, 2007, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

On September 16, 2007 Favre and the Packers defeated the New York Giants to give Favre his record setting 149th win passing John Elway. On September 30, Favre threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings in the first quarter of the Packers game against the Vikings. This was his 421st NFL touchdown pass, and set a new all time record, surpassing Dan Marino's 420. Breaking this record received high praise from around the NFL, with congratulations coming from people such as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, former Packers head coach Mike Holmgren, and colleague quarterbacks Steve Young and Joe Montana. After the completion of touchdown 421, play was briefly stopped at the Metrodome, and a message created by Dan Marino for Brett Favre was shown inside the stadium.

On November 4, 2007, after Brett Favre and the Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 33-22, he became only the 3rd quarterback to have defeated all thirty-one other current NFL teams. He joined Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to do this, just the week after the two of them achieved the accomplishment.[45] On Thanksgiving, 2007, Favre led the Packers to a 37-26 win over the Lions, and brought Packers to a 10-1 record. He won the Galloping Gobbler award, given by the broadcasters at Fox to the game MVP. Favre threw three touchdown passes for his 63rd career game with at least three TDs, surpassing Marino's former record of 62 .

Prior to the Packers' playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, Brett Favre stated that he would like to continue playing football next year. His daughters Britanny and Breleigh have urged him to play another season. Favre indicated that unlike in years past, there were no arguments with his daughters regarding whether or not he would return for another season, and also indicated that he still enjoys playing due to the Packers' success.[47] On January 12, 2008, Brett Favre and the Packers beat the Seattle Seahawks 42-20 in the divisional playoffs. In the National Football Conference championship game, however, the Packers' storybook season came to an end. After New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes missed two straight field goals in regulation, Favre threw an interception in overtime. This led to Tynes converting his final try, a 47-yarder, and the Giants defeated the Packers 23-20 to earn a berth in Super Bowl XLII. Favre stated after the game that he would make a decision more quickly than he has in the past regarding whether he would return for another season.Brett Favre was selected as the starting NFC quarterback for the 2008 Pro Bowl, however he withdrew because of an ankle injury. Jeff Garcia was selected to replace Favre on the NFC roster.


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