Brett Favre's NFL legacy

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In the final seasons the sideshow overwhelmed the actual show, the circus of the end, return, end, return, end of Brett Favre’s career making people forget how great he once was.

Maybe that’s what can change as Favre enters the curtain call era of his life, starting this fall with induction in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and retirement of his iconic green and gold No. 4. It will continue, almost assuredly, with a first ballot entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

It’s time. More than time actually for a guy who helped define the league for nearly two decades to be remembered more for that and less for the soap opera that engulfed him.

In a sport defined by toughness, Favre may have been the toughest of them all, starting every game at quarterback for over 18 seasons, a NFL ironman record 297 regular-season games (321 if you count the playoffs, and why they don’t is anyone’s guess).
— Dan Wetzel

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers meets with Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings after the Packers defeated the Vikings 28-24 at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers meets with Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings after the Packers defeated the Vikings 28-24 at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)
Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers scans the field against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC divisional playoff game on January 12, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Seahawks 42-20 to advance to the NFC championship game. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
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Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers scans the field against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC divisional playoff game on January 12, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Seahawks 42-20 to advance to the NFC championship game. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers talks to a group of his teammates in front of a giant Green Bay logo in the background as the Packers beat the New England Patriots 35-21 to win Super Bowl XXXI at the Louisiana Superdome
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Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers talks to a group of his teammates in front of a giant Green Bay logo in the background as the Packers beat the New England Patriots 35-21 to win Super Bowl XXXI at the Louisiana Superdome
Brett Favre talks to the Atlanta Falcons from his bedroom in Fenton, Mississippi, on NFL draft day April 21, 1991. The Green Bay Packers quarterback announced his retirement on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, after a 17-year NFL career. Favre was drafted in the second round by the Falcons, and later trade to the Packers. (Tim Isbell/Biloxi Sun Herald/MCT)
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Brett Favre talks to the Atlanta Falcons from his bedroom in Fenton, Mississippi, on NFL draft day April 21, 1991. The Green Bay Packers quarterback announced his retirement on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, after a 17-year NFL career. Favre was drafted in the second round by the Falcons, and later trade to the Packers. (Tim Isbell/Biloxi Sun Herald/MCT)
Green Bay Packers Brett Favre is lifted by teammates on Jan. 4, 1998 in an NFC playoff game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Ed Nessen/Sporting News/Icon SMI
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Green Bay Packers Brett Favre is lifted by teammates on Jan. 4, 1998 in an NFC playoff game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Ed Nessen/Sporting News/Icon SMI
Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers passes during the NFL Divisional Playoff Game against the San Francisco 49ers on January 4, 1997 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
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Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers passes during the NFL Divisional Playoff Game against the San Francisco 49ers on January 4, 1997 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
Brett Favre #4 of The New York Jets walks off the field against The Buffalo Bills during their game on December 14, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Brett Favre #4 of The New York Jets walks off the field against The Buffalo Bills during their game on December 14, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
8 Jan 1995: Quarterback Troy Aikman of the Dallas Cowboys (left) confers with Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre after a playoff game at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. The Cowboys won the game, 35-9. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport
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8 Jan 1995: Quarterback Troy Aikman of the Dallas Cowboys (left) confers with Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre after a playoff game at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. The Cowboys won the game, 35-9. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport
Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers with his father Irvin Favre. Irvin coached Brett in high school in football at Hancock North Central High School in Kiln, Mississippi. (Photo by James V. Biever/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers with his father Irvin Favre. Irvin coached Brett in high school in football at Hancock North Central High School in Kiln, Mississippi. (Photo by James V. Biever/Getty Images)
Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass during the Packers 38-21 win over the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mandatory Credit: Todd Rosenberg/Allsport
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Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass during the Packers 38-21 win over the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mandatory Credit: Todd Rosenberg/Allsport
Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers hands off the ball to Tony Fisher #40 against the Atlanta Falcons during the NFC wildcard game at Lambeau Field on January 4, 2003 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Falcons won 27-7. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers hands off the ball to Tony Fisher #40 against the Atlanta Falcons during the NFC wildcard game at Lambeau Field on January 4, 2003 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Falcons won 27-7. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Quarterback Brett Favre circa 1991 (Photo by Perry McIntyre/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Brett Favre circa 1991 (Photo by Perry McIntyre/Getty Images)
Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers celebrates in a 24 to 16 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on November 29, 1998 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by James V. Biever/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers celebrates in a 24 to 16 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on November 29, 1998 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by James V. Biever/Getty Images)
Tony Danza (right) and Brett Favre attending ESPY Awards party at Museum of Modern Art. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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Tony Danza (right) and Brett Favre attending ESPY Awards party at Museum of Modern Art. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Quarterback Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates the Vikings first touchdown against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates the Vikings first touchdown against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre tips his cap to fans after a victory against the Chicago Bears on October 6, 1996 in Chicago. Green Bay won the game 37-6. Mandatory Credit: Albert Dickson/Sporting News/Icon SMI
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre tips his cap to fans after a victory against the Chicago Bears on October 6, 1996 in Chicago. Green Bay won the game 37-6. Mandatory Credit: Albert Dickson/Sporting News/Icon SMI
Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers speaks to President Bill Clinton after the Packs' 35-21 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Mandatory Credit: Sporting News/Icon SMI
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Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers speaks to President Bill Clinton after the Packs' 35-21 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Mandatory Credit: Sporting News/Icon SMI
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 24: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers calls the signal before the snap against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a NFL game at Tampa Stadium on December 24, 1994 in Tampa, Florida. Green Bay won the game 34-19. (Photo by Michael J. Minardi/Getty Images)
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TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 24: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers calls the signal before the snap against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a NFL game at Tampa Stadium on December 24, 1994 in Tampa, Florida. Green Bay won the game 34-19. (Photo by Michael J. Minardi/Getty Images)
Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass against the New York Giants during an NFL football game at The Meadowlands November 8, 1992 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Favre played for the Packers from 1992-2007. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass against the New York Giants during an NFL football game at The Meadowlands November 8, 1992 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Favre played for the Packers from 1992-2007. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Quarterback Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates the Vikings first touchdown against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Brett Favre
Quarterback Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates the Vikings first touchdown against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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