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3/07/2008 03:45:00 PM
The Next Brett Favre
Peyton Manning is an exuberant, popular winner like Brett Favre was in Green Bay.
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By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
Yes, there will be another Brett Favre. Perhaps not in Green Bay, and maybe not even in the NFL, but soon enough an athlete will materialize who means everything not only to a city and a region, but the media, too. The athlete will be grizzled. He'll work hard to overcome his physical deficiencies. He will play with a certain je ne sais quoi and will be kind enough to sportswriters and broadcasters that they will all fawn over him. Who will it be? Here are my top five candidates...
1. Peyton Manning: I'm not sure if he will stick around as long as Favre, but he's already popular throughout the Midwest, a wildly busy commercial pitchman, and a go-to quote for reporters everywhere.
2. Chipper Jones: He's already one of the most popular Braves ever, endearing himself to fans by doing things like chatting with them on a blog. And the media loves him, too. Plus, he's a country boy like Favre, and a country boy can survive. In Atlanta, at least.
3. Derek Jeter He's already played 13 seasons, so he only has four more to go to catch Favre. He's not the most athletically gifted player, but he's always clutch and always works hard. What works against him is that he plays for the Evil Empire.
4. Eli Manning He's like Peyton, but not. Eli might not have the innate charisma to become the next Favre, but he's already won as many Super Bowls.
5. Allen Iverson Nobody in the NBA is more durable or more of an athletic marvel. Plus he's small, so he resonates with the common fan. His past problems with the media ("Practice?!") may work against him.
Who will be the next Favre? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
No one. I watched Brett play my entire life and he has been the only QB I have ever seen start for the Packers. He was the iron man. He had that love of the game that you don't see in a league that's played for the money. In my opinion there will never be another Brett Favre. Peyton Mannings good, but he's not Brett Favre.
Based on numbers and style of play, Cutler and Favre are very similar.
Statiscally, Cutler's numbers resemble Favre's numbers more than any other quarterback playing today (a comparison of stats at equal points in their careers).
As for style of play, both are tough strong arm quarterbacks that will occassionally try to squeeze the ball into a tight spot. They both have the ability to get out of the pocket and make a big throw. They both improvise well. Peyton and Favre's styles are very different in that regard (however, both do have impressive consecutive games streaks).
Whether Cutler becomes the "next Favre" is, of course, hard to say. But at this point in his career, he resembles Favre more than any other NFL quarterback.
Lebron James - he is not the most quotable with those one-liners but it may still come, being the youngster that he is. He may need to add more SWASH to his buckle, but he has shown he can carry his team to greater heights than they are normally capable of. Come to think of it, the other guy, Kobe something, is not bade either, he has already three championships.
If you're a Rangers fan, you must know that Micheal Young is everything to us, and he is most definetly the franchise player. This man is great with the media, he has a family just like Favre, and kids also. He is the face of the franchise, and however he is playing, the Rangers are playing.
I know Eli became the NFL's greatest quarterback EVER; because he finally played consistent for his last 8 games of the season and beat the hated Tom Bray & the New England Patriots. But, how can he possible be ranked higher than Brady? How can either manning be on this list? What adversity did either one over come? Neither was considered a career back-up or came from small town USA. Both of they for the most part had a starting position handed to them, coming out of college.
Both are tremendous QBs in the NFL, do not get me wrong. They have all the numbers and the skills to be where they are. But never have they ever had to come over any of the obstacles Favre has had too.
Brett Favre is today's news because he's hung up the cleats. Good for you, Brett. I wish you well. But, seriously, folks, for all that he's done, Brett is deep in the shadows of other accomplished athletes. You want unbelievable performance? You want someone who defined a sport? Edwin Moses.
Surprised no one has mentioned Tony Romo (as much as I hate to admit it). Very similar styles, both gunslingers, playmakers, improvisers. Add to that the fact the media loves the guy already and that (again, hate to admit it) he plays on a good team, he could be around for a long while.
Farve? I'm still looking for the next Unitas or even Montana. Of course he's good: he's an NFL quarterback. But, he's not the ultimate, he's just superannuated. He did great work in "There's Something About Mary," however.
please do not mention peyton in this. every great quarterback leads his team, shoulders all responsibilty and takes the heat for others. peyton whiner is at the front of the line to spread the blame when things are not going well. he is huge to a sparse fan base and over-exposed commercially. but he is not man enough to be a true leader. he is not even in the shadows of the greats: unitas, namath, montana, young, elway, marino, and the list goes a long way before you can get to manning. his father was a better leader! no super bowls, but a man! yes he has the statistics, but so do chris carter and randy moss! case closed
Ben Rothlisberger's already on his way to becoming the next Favre. But, if the Steelers fortify his offensive line and bring in a couple of good receivers to replace Hines Ward and back up Santonio Holmes, who is great, then Big Ben will be up there with Montana and Bradshaw. If they fix the deffensive line as well, then we could see the rebirth of the 70's.
This is the easiest question. Who is the most like Brett Favre? Tony Romo. Same size, same mannerisms, same mentality. Nobody could come back from an interception like Favre. Romo is second. Coming back from the debacle in the playoffs last year. You cant' forget how bad he played in the first three quarters of the Buffalo game this year but he put it together and pulled out the game. Very Favre like.
I dont think you can compare Favre with other different sports guys, its just not the same. I dont think there is anyone now who can replace a guy who self-admittedly didnt know his own playbook or even different defensive sets but went out and won anyway. That's just heart. Nobody in the league plays with raw emotion like that right now.
Numbers are numbers and anyone can put up decent numbers and a consistent winning percentage if they play on a half decent team.
Favre was gritty, durable and played to win only. Who else does that now....nobody. Sure Manning is awesome and Brady spectacular as well but you can't put those guys in with Favre no matter how many Super Bowls they might win.
Im a baller and a bball fan but you knock Tim D or Lebron down a hundred times and they won't get up and play harder. Favre was a Cal Ripken kind of player...dependable, consistent and solid no matter how many miles were on those legs.
No one will ever be able to fill the shoes of Favre. Ever. At one point I thought that Tony Romo might, seeing as he is from Burlington, WI, but he plays for the Cowboys and the only greater sin than playing for the Cowboys is playing for the Bears. Peyton Manning is too cerebral to be like Favre, Eli is too whiny and sad, and no one else is a football player. Favre played the game like he was on the playground, always taking uncalculated risks that had the potential to be amazing and horrendous at the same time. This is why people loved Favre. It was always exciting to watch, win or lose. Living and dying by the Kiln, MS cannon became the stuff of legend that one can only try to explain to their children about. Now I know why my elders held their favorites in such high esteem when reminiscing about their play. To me, no one will ever play like Favre, throw like Favre, or win like Favre. The Greatest QB of all time, I salute you.
Brett Favre is unreplaceable. He is the best. He is the best quarterback what I ever seen. I'm watching NFL since last season and I said, Brett Favre is the best. He will always in the heart of the NFL lovers.
As a Green Bay native, I have seen all of Favre's games. I don't think Favre was the best of all time, but there was nobody who had more fun on the field than Favre and was more fun to watch. As good as the Mannings, Marinino, Elway, Brady and Montana were, they are all very cerebral and focused on the field. Farve was the guy who would jaw with Warren Sapp, throw snowballs at his wide receiver on the field during a playoff game, give a ref a high five after a touchdown (and get away with it), and joke to the Refs that the footballs were lefthanded footballs. As much as football is sport, we are entertained by it and there was nobody I would rather watch than him paying the game like we did as kids. He played the game like all of us would like to if we had his ability. He was our inner child. There are and will be other great athletes in the future but he will always be unique in his style and charisma. Although two athletes have exceeded Babe Ruths home run record, we are still taking about him over 75 years after he has played the game. Consider Hank Aaron, retired approximately 30 years ago and not near as revered as Ruth. His accomplishments on the field were comparable and maybe greater than Ruth's. Some athletes personalities just so compelling that are not forgotten.