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Brett Favre discusses comparing different NFL eras by talking microwaves


Brett Favre took part in a national conference call Tuesday morning to discuss his upcoming enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And Favre again demonstrated he’s as adept at spinning a yarn as he was slinging a football.

Among the topics discussed concerned the risk of comparing quarterbacks from different eras, specifically related to how the passage of time makes it difficult to fairly compare the careers of Green Bay Packers greats Bart Starr, Favre and Aaron Rodgers.

Interestingly, Favre first recalled how technology has changed over the years, highlighted by a tale about when his family first purchased a microwave.

“I mean with technology, I don’t know how old you are but I’m 46,” Favre told the media, as transcribed by the Star Tribune’s Michael Rand. “I can name numerous changes over the years. I can remember how excited we were in our house to get a microwave. A pocket calculator was a big deal. Or a cordless phone. Technology changes, rules change, the game changes.”

Favre’s meandering thoughts next turned to the actual question at hand, and he seemingly made the case without explicitly saying it that today’s quarterbacks play in an era where it’s easier to amass huge statistical numbers.

“I think you talk about comparing the careers of players, I think it’s unfair to a guy like Bart Starr, for example, who played in an era where throwing the football was not quite frankly not done. It was frowned upon almost. I looked at Bart Starr as not only one of the all-time great guys but one of the great players in the National Football League. If you were to look at statistics, you would argue against him. That’s unfair to him. It’s just the era he played. It’s hard to fathom that someday I’d be looked at as Bart Starr in regards to statistics. But how knows? It’s astronomical what will or could happen. The advantages right now are to the offense, especially the passing game.”

In other words, even if Rodgers manages to surpass Favre’s career numbers, it’s only because of the advantages Rodgers enjoys playing in this era. It certainly looks like Favre has entered the “In My Day” era of his retirement.