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NFL AM: As Pro Football Hall Calls Him, Brett Favre Threatens Another Comeback, Is Probably Joking

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Don’t worry, Brett Favre probably isn’t making another comeback. But that won’t stop him from flirting with the idea all these years later.

The three-time NFL Most Valuable Player, who became known in his later years for flip-flopping between playing and retiring on several occasions, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, and is in the process of making the media rounds to discuss his career.

One such stop on NFL Network on Friday morning saw fellow former NFC North competitor Nate Burleson quiz Favre with the question he’s been asked dozens of times since he finally called it quits for good after the 2010 season: any chance you could still give it a go?

“You know what? Being around, walking in this Hall and stuff, it kind of gives you an itch,” Favre said. “The only problem is I can’t get hit. Can they promise I won’t get hit?”

Burleson went on to note that the Dallas Cowboys, who are currently in the market for a backup to starter Tony Romo after Kellen Moore went down with a broken ankle this week, have the league’s most stout offensive line. But Favre was ready for that curveball.

“That’s good. But I need a little more…security,” the 46-year-old said with a laugh.

Favre has a point. After all, if the Cowboys can’t keep Romo and Moore upright, they’d be hard pressed to do the same for a 46-year-old veteran of 20 years.

The truth is, Favre’s playing days are long past. This was also true in the twilight of his career, but now the 11-time Pro Bowler finally seems at least mostly at peace with his post-playing career. He retired as the all-time leader in most passing categories, only to watch most of those records fall at the feet of Peyton Manning over the last several years. But that doesn’t make Favre any less great. He does still hold the records for completions and attempts, as well as interceptions and sacks taken.

Favre was one of eight inductees to receive his gold Hall of Fame jacket at a special ceremony on Thursday night and will officially be enshrined in Canton on Saturday. It’s the last and greatest honor for an incredible career, and one Favre is especially proud of.

“These are guys you grow up watching on TV, idolizing, and guys I played against, enemies,” he said of looking around the room on Thursday at all the players he’ll join in the Pro Football Hall. “Now we’re in this club together, and they’re real. They’re right there. It was a special moment.”

SEVEN OTHERS TO BE ENSHRINED

Although the weekend has already become the Brett Favre show, as expected, there are seven other men who will also be immortalized in Canton this weekend as well.

Among them are several Favre contemporaries including long-time Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Rams great Orlando Pace, and one of the most prolific linebackers of the era, Kevin Greene.

Harrison, an eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time First Team All-Pro, was one of the best receivers of his era and ranks Top 5 all-time in receptions and receiving touchdowns, as well as seventh in receiving yards. Controversy has clouded Harrison’s post-playing career stemming from an unsolved murder incident he was involved in back in 2009. The soft-spoken Harrison was never a man of many words and he’s said even fewer since that incident, but as one of the top wideouts of all-time, he’ll take his place among the greats this weekend.

So too will Pace, and while statistics can’t quantify as well how valuable the seven-time Pro Bowler and three-time First Team All-Pro was to the Rams over the years, his teammates can.

“Myself, Torry, Marshall, Kurt Warner. All those guys could be replaced for a five-week stretch and the production level wouldn’t fall off,” said fellow Rams legend Isaac Bruce. “I’ve always said from Day 1 and I kept a close eye on this: Orlando Pace was the only guy on that team that was irreplaceable…Orlando Pace was a premier pass blocker, a road grader when it came down to the run game. He made everyone else’s job on that team so much easier, from Coach Martz all the way down to all of us.”

On the other side of the line, few did it better in the 90s than Greene, who compiled 160 sacks over 15 seasons with four different teams. The five-time Pro Bowler and two-time First Team All-Pro twice led the league in sacks and sits third all-time in league history in the category. Those gaudy numbers make the induction for Greene, who retired after the 1999 season, a long-time coming. But for one of the premier pass rushers of all-time, it’s been worth the wait.

“I figured out how to put a guy, an offensive tackle that was 3 or 4 inches taller than me, outweighed me 80-100 pounds, in a position of failure,” Greene told the Charlotte Observer. “People called me crazy. But I loved playing football. When you’re passionate about something, that love is going to show.”

A passion for the game of football is shared by each of the 2016 Hall of Fame class’ inductees, a group that also includes former Buccaneers and Colts head coach Tony Dungy, who compiled a 139-69 record over 13 seasons as a coach, with 11 playoff appearances and one Super Bowl ring.

Rounding out the playing portion of the class are Ken Stabler, the 1974 NFL MVP, a Super Bowl champion in 1976 and one of the league’s greatest quarterbacks in the 70s and early 80s, an era when the passing game wasn’t nearly as prevalent and 1950s guard Dick Stanfel, whose short seven-year career included five First Team All-Pro nods and two World Championships with the Lions. Also being inducted on Saturday night is long-time 49ers owner Eddie DaBartolo Jr., one of the architects of a the 1980s dynasty in San Francisco.


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