(Photos courtesy of the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers)
Talk of Fame Network
The big show becomes a really big show on the Talk of Fame Network this weekend with Brett Favre and Howie Long stopping by to visit with hosts Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge.
The Talk of Fame Network’s eight-part draft series winds down to the second d round this weekend, which is why the Hall of Famer Long and the NFL’s all-time leading passer Favre were invited to discuss their selections as second-rounders and the careers that followed.
Favre played 20 seasons and completed more passes (6,300) for more yards (71,783) than any quarterback in NFL history. He remains one of only two quarterbacks with 500 career touchdown passes and also set an NFL record with 321 consecutive starts, including playoffs. He told the Talk of Fame Network of all the NFL records he owns, that’s the one that stands out most to him.
“None of the other records would have been achieved had I not played – not to mention play week after week, year after year,” Favre said. “I remember as if it was yesterday the day I broke what was then the career consecutive start record (for quarterbacks) of 116 games by Ron Jaworski. I thought to myself, `What’s the big deal? You mean no one has ever done it longer than this?’ That’s no disrespect. I love Jaws.
“But I truly loved to play the game and I wanted to be there week after week. Was it hard? At times not as hard as others. There were other times when I was injured and thought this may be it. As you play and compile games and years, that list of those times when you thought you may miss a game got longer and longer. It was extremely difficult in my last five-to-seven years because I realized I didn’t recover as quickly as I did as a younger player. Understandably so.
“So it was more of a challenge as I got later on in my years to talk myself out of the physical ailments that bothered me. It was a challenge to go out there Wednesday and say, `You’ve got to go out and be the best quarterback you can possibly be today. I know you’re hurting – I know you have a broken thumb, I know you’re ankle is hurting or your hip is bothering you … whatever. But you have to overcome that. Your team is counting on you.'”
Favre also recalled his first season in Atlanta, the special bond he has with Green Bay's Hall of Fame GM Ron Wolf and his first NFL pass completion – to himself. Long talked about the wild ride that was life as an Oakland Raider, his rise from an unheralded player at Villanova to his enshrinement in Canton and now his role as father of a couple of NFL players (Rams defensive end Chris Long and Bears guard Kyle Long).
In addition, Gosselin explains why there is hope in Jacksonville in his Dr. Data segment, Borges addresses the puzzling contract disenchantment of Lions safety James Ihedigbo, and the three hosts continue conducting the ultimate draft, this time selecting players exclusively from the second round to their teams. And each hour of the two-hour shows ends in the always entertaining two-minute drill.