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High Profile -- Brett Favre

By ROGER MILLS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 24, 2002

THE HISTORY

This is what you need to know about Favre: At 6 feet 2, 225 pounds, he is the NFL's only three-time MVP and entering today's game has started 183 in a row (including playoffs). A country boy from Kiln, Miss., Favre played his college ball at Southern Mississippi, where he set school records for passing yards (8,193), pass attempts (1,234) and touchdowns (55). A second-round draft pick of the Falcons (selected behind Dan McGwire and Todd Marinovich) in 1991, Favre was traded to the Packers the following year.

THE BUC KILLA

Against Tampa Bay, Favre has been particularly deadly. Through 20 appearances, Favre is 14-5. He has completed 427 of 684 attempts for 4,642 yards with 33 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He has been sacked 39 times.

THE MUTUAL RESPECT CLUB

Truth is, the drama behind the Sapp/Favre play began on Jan. 4, 1998, in a playoff game at Lambeau Field. In a 21-7 Packers victory, Sapp and Favre turned the game into a theatrical masterpiece, complete with trash-talking and plays to back it up.

Sapp, having arguably his greatest game as a pro, finished with 3 sacks, 5 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and a recovered. Favre was a modest 15-for-28 for 190 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions but made it to the Super Bowl.

In the years since, Sapp and Favre have waged unforgettable battles in Tampa and Green Bay, and the game between the teams has evolved into one of the NFL most watched annual events.

"You know I think it's a mutual respect that goes a little deeper than all that," Sapp said. "A friend is someone that you almost trust your life with. I don't know that we're at that point. But as far as respect point, I think so. I think we're well beyond that."

THE COMING END

Favre said he has no idea when he will retire but admitted that the thought is not completely foreign. "I do think about it," the 33-year-old said. "I think about it every day. ... Right now, I'm sitting here wondering what I'll do, can't wait to get home and stuff like that. It's human nature." Favre said he hopes that neither injury nor salary-cap concerns determine when his career comes to an end. "I hope it's decided on my terms. Don't we all. Every player wants that and the one thing is ... I would love to win a Super Bowl and get out. Who wouldn't?"


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