Green Bay Packers (1992–2007)
Brett Favre played 16 seasons in Green Bay. During his time in Green Bay, Favre was the first NFL player to win three consecutive AP MVP awards. The only player to win four AP MVP Awards is Peyton Manning. He helped the Packers appear in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XXXI. Favre also started every Green Bay Packers game from September 20, 1992 to January 20, 2008.
MVPs and Super Bowl seasons (1995–1997)
In 1995, Favre won the first of his three AP MVP awards. Favre led the Packers to an 11–5 record, Green Bay's best record in nearly thirty years. Favre passed for a career high of 4,413 yards, 38 touchdowns, and recorded a quarterback rating of 99.5, which was the highest of his career until he recorded a rating of 107.2 during the 2009 season. The Packers advanced to the NFC Championship Game after upsetting the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Game. The Packers lost the NFC Championship game to the Dallas Cowboys, marking the third year in a row the Packers season was ended by the Cowboys in the playoffs. Favre helped the Packers advance farther in the playoffs than any other Packer team since 1967, the season the Packers won Super Bowl II.
While being treated for various injuries, Brett Favre developed an addiction to vicodin, which became publicly known when he suffered a seizure during a hospital visit. Amid an NFL investigation, he went public to avoid any rumors about his condition. In May 1996, he went into treatment and remained in rehabilitation for 46 days. Had he chosen not to go, the NFL would have imposed a $900,000 fine. Favre led the Packers to their best season in 30 years in the 1996 season, winning his second consecutive MVP award in the process. The Packers led the NFL in points scored as well as fewest points scored against. Green Bay tied the Denver Broncos for the NFL's best regular season record, 13–3, defeated the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field in the playoffs. The Packers advanced to Super Bowl XXXI at the Louisiana Superdome, a short drive from Favre's hometown.
Versus Tony Romo
Romo began the season as a backup to starter Drew Bledsoe. He took his first regular season snap at quarterback in a home game against the Houston Texans on October 1. His first NFL pass was a 33 yard completion to Sam Hurd. His only other pass of the game was a two-yard touchdown pass, his first in the NFL, to Terrell Owens.
Three weeks later on October 23, 2006, Romo replaced Drew Bledsoe for the start of the second half of a game against the New York Giants. His first pass was tipped and intercepted. His game stats in only his second NFL appearance were: 14 completions on 25 attempts for 227 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown). Two days later, on October 25, Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells announced that Romo would be the Cowboys starting quarterback for the October 29 game against the Carolina Panthers on NBC Sunday Night Football, in Week 8 of the 2006 season. Romo led the Cowboys to victory in his first game as a starter, 35–14. In that game, Romo was Sunday Night Football's "Rock Star of the Game."
On November 19, 2006 Romo led the Cowboys past the Indianapolis Colts, the NFL's last unbeaten team. Romo completed 19 of 23 passes as the Cowboys topped the Colts 21–14. Four days later, Romo helped the Cowboys win in a Thanksgiving Day NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the score of 38–10. Romo went 22-29 with 306 yards and five touchdown passes with no interceptions. For his performance, he was awarded FOX's Galloping Gobbler award as the Thanksgiving Day MVP.
Note, If you look at the notes above on Romo and Favre you see alittle pattern after each other in comparision to the gunslinger style. Favre had to learn to settle down and take plays when they were there and throw the ball away and not force it when not there. I feel that Romo is getting real close to the cusp so to speak of turning the corner. If you go back and look you will see that it took Favre 6 years before he won his first superbowl, while Tony is in his 6th year now too. Also, Favre had a pretty good coach in Holmgren, and now Tony Romo has a very good head coach in Jason Garrett to get Tony to that next level. On top of that, when Romo said, it will never happen again after the Cowboys Jets game the other night, I feel that things are starting to take shape.
With Romo getting married and settled down, along with Romo leading the Cowboys in offseason workouts, Romo needs to take one small step now to complete the comparision. You have to be yourself, in life, but in comparisions, I feel that Favre and Romo are alike in having to learn to settle down, take what the defense gives you, but pick that team apart when you can. At the same time, keep growing as a QB, taking those small steps now to win championship games.
Once Romo gets that killer instince, with some intensity in these critical situations like with the Jets late in the 4th quarter, Romo will indeed take that next step towards being the next great QB of the Dallas Cowboys to lead the team to superbowls. The QB has to learn to be in total control for the entire game, not most of the game except for the last 9 minutes in the Cowboys Jets game. When your in redzone, you have to come away with points, not turn the ball over.
I will leave you with this little exert from Troy Aikman.
Troy Aikman: If it weren't for Romo, 'there would be no expectations' - SportsDayDFW
Troy Aikman weighs in on the Tony Romo debate.
"Here’s the problem I have with the way people react to Tony: Tony’s the reason why the expectations are what they are. And if it weren’t for him, there would be no expectations. Yet when he plays great through three and a half quarters, the reason they’re in the game or leading the game is because Tony’s playing really great. And then you have a bad play that hurts your team, and they act like he’s the reason they lost. They don’t remember, "No, he’s the reason we were beating the team that we really had no expectations of beating." But that’s life as a quarterback in the NFL."