Brett Favre will go down as one of the best quarterbacks to have ever played in the NFL. He's mostly known for being the Green Bay Packers quarterback that took them to two Super Bowls, leading the Packers to a 35-21 victory over New England in Super Bowl 31 in the 1996 season.
Growing up in the state of Mississippi, Favre didn't have a home-state team to support, so instead, he followed America’s team and dreamt of wearing the famous star on his helmet. However, that wasn't to be.
Back in the 1991 NFL draft, the 11-time Pro Bowler was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, where he played for a season before being traded to the Packers for a first-round draft pick, going on to become their franchise quarterback from 1992 to 2007.
Favre then went on to play for the New York Jets in 2008, and the Minnesota Vikings from 2009 to 2010, but he never played for the boyhood team of the Cowboys. The Green Bay icon spoke about this dream to Ed Werder and Matt Mosley on the Doomsday Podcast.
He said, according to CBS Sports: “I wanted to be the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback. When I was a little kid, my favorite player — and still my favorite player of all time — was Roger Staubach. There was nothing about the Cowboys I could not tell you.”
So how did Favre fell about never having the opportunity to put on The Lone Star State helmet, put on the Cowboys uniform, and play for America's Team after he was picked up by the Packers instead? He wasn't too down about it.
“To have a chance, first of all, to play in the National Football League is a tremendous honor,” he said. “And although I didn’t get to play for the Cowboys, I got to play against them, and I got to meet Roger Staubach. I’d like to call him [a good friend] — I think it’s OK to say a good friend — and I still get goosebumps when I talk to him.”
Favre finished his career by the end of the 2010 season with one Super Bowl ring, three NFL MVP awards, 11 Pro Bowl appearances, and as the first quarterback to pass for 500 touchdowns, throw for 70,000 yards, complete 6,000 passes, and attempt 10,000 passes. He also made a NFL-record 297 consecutive starts.
He can't be too bummed out that he didn't play for the Cowboys. However, as Werder states, if one game had played out differently, he might have been able to live that dream.