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Talk of Fame Network
In a stunning event on the eve of this year's NFL Draft, our listeners selected Dallas Cowboys' offensive lineman Larry Allen as the all-time greatest second-round pick in NFL history, nosing out quarterback Brett Favre by, well, a nose.
Allen garnered 37.5% of the votes while Favre pulled in 31.3%. Finishing a distant third was Hall-of-Fame linebacker Jack Ham at 12.9%. Tied for fourth were two more Hall of Famers, legendary San Diego Chargers' wide receiver Lance Alworth and Packers' stalwart left tackle from the Lombardi Years, Forrest Gregg.
Those results surprised even long-time Dallas Cowboys' observer Rick Gosselin, who put his money on Favre.
"The NFL brand of football is all about the forward pass, and no quarterback has ever thrown for more yards than Brett Favre,'' Dr. Data reminds us. "His arm would be where you would start building a team."
TOF host and Hall-of-Fame Guy Clark Judge, always an advocate for making a pass, sided with Gosselin saying, "Brett Favre. He not only solidified the quarterback position in Green Bay for the first time since Bart Starr; he resurrected a franchise and re-invigorated a community.
"Brett was talented, he was charismatic and he was durable. But of all his accomplishments, his greatest might have been making the Packers matter again -- something nobody could do since Lombardi.''
Ron Borges had to agree with his colleagues, citing the importance of the quarterback position and Favre's dominance of it as his reason for turning his back on his second choice, which would have been the versatile Ham.
"If you throw the ball for a living in the NFL, you're the most significant player on the field, good or bad,'' Borges said. "Brett Favre was very good far more often than he was bad. He needed the kind of protection Larry Allen would have provided to work his magic but it's easier to find a body guard than a superstar.''
While that's all true, fans from Dallas stuffed the ballot box while Favre and Gregg likely split the Packer Backers vote, 2-1, leaving Brett where he often was when playing in Green Bay - out in the cold.