When the grizzled Brett Favre retired from the Vikings in 2010, I honestly thought that was it.
Boy was I wrong.
The Rams picked up the phone this week wondering if the 44-year-old could still play. It’s amazing that after two-and-a-half years off, a team was still willing to kick the tires on a quarterback that threw 19 interceptions in 13 games with Sidney Rice and Randy Moss on the roster.
But according to The Celebrity DBI released by repucom.net, Favre still has a 78 percent awareness level. That’s 25 percentage points higher than Aaron Rodgers.
Think about that for a second. Rodgers has been playing at a Pro Bowl level for the last five years and is one of the most efficient players in the game, yet Favre still is more aware of Rodgers as he visits the Bahamas and Yellowstone National Park — albeit without a fanny pack I presume.
But not to worry Packers fans, Rodgers ranks much higher than Favre on every other category. Thanks to things like the State Farm Insurance Discount Double-Check, chatting with an older woman at a hair salon for an Associated Bank ad or pitching Ford trucks are a little better than selling Rx Pro, the pain cream that Favre is promoting. Which is why Rodgers is in the top three percent as an endorser at No. 94, while Favre is 1,851.
The spirited debate between both quarterbacks is still heard at bars and parking lots before the game and it doesn’t quell when fans get into Lambeau Field either.
But for a team like the Rams, that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2004, Brett Favre could’ve injected some energy and enthusiasm into a team and a town that could really care less — especially with its baseball neighbor still playing across town.
The thing that surprised me was the shock that the Rams thought outside the box and gave Favre the opportunity. I can count 11 teams that wouldn’t admit it, but would love to have Favre as its quarterback rather than what they’re stuck with right now.