There is no doubt that New York Jets QB Brett Favre (sounds bizarre, eh?) will one day be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And he will undoubtedly be inducted as a Green Bay Packer after achieving almost every notable NFL passing record as a 16-year member of the Green and Gold.
However, Favre is not the first future Hall of Fame quarterback to leave the team where he had his most heralded success and finish his career elsewhere.
In 1973, 40-year old Johnny Unitas ditched the familiar helmet with the horse shoe for head gear featuring a lightning bolt. Best known for leading the Baltimore Colts to three world championships in his 17 seasons, Johnny U had one forgettable campaign with the San Diego Chargers. In his four starts with the Chargers he threw seven interceptions and was sacked fourteen times.
Joe Namath is most famous for guaranteeing his New York Jets would upset the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. But after 12 seasons in the Big Apple, Namath played one final campaign with the Los Angeles Rams in 1977. In four starts that year, Namath completed less than 50% of his passes, threw five interceptions and was sacked seven times.
Of all the Hall of Fame quarterbacks to finish their careers with a different team than which they began, Joe Montana probably had the most success. After leading the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl titles in the span of nine seasons, Montana left the city by the Bay for Kansas City in 1993. In his two seasons with the Chiefs, Montana led them to the playoffs both years, including the 1993 AFC title game.
At age 38, Favre still has some football left in him. And given his competitive nature he’ll try to play out his contract which takes him through the 2010 season. You see, it’ll be the 2010 season when the Jets and Packers will next face each other.