So there's been some chatter in the comment section of the post below, mostly disagreeing with me that Brett Favre is like Pete Rose.
Since apparently it needs to be spelled out, I did some research. I took fourteen quarterbacks who could be considered in the All-Time Greatest discussion: Brett Favre, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Warren Moon, Johnny Unitas, Jim Kelly, Steve Young, Dan Marino, Terry Bradshaw, Dan Fouts, Fran Tarkenton, Roger Staubach, and John Elway and compared their stats.
But I didn't compare compiled stats, which accumulate over time based on games played and passes attempted. Those are the stats by which Rose and Favre look good, based on nothing more than longevity, by being average or slightly above average for a lot of years. I looked at Yards/Game, Yards/Attempt, Completion %, Attempts/TD, Attempts/INT, and TD/Int. Pretty standard stats. The following chart shows how each player ranked in each category, as well as a total of the rankings to show who is the best QB of all-time:
It's pretty clear when it's all laid out for you like this. Favre, while a pretty good quarterback and yes, an all-time great, is certainly not the greatest of all-time, and actually ranks number six. Manning, Young, Brady, Montana, and Marino all rank higher than him in terms of per game performance, and it's not close.
So go ahead and proclaim to everyone that you believe Favre is the greatest quarterback of all-time. That's fine, to each his own. But just know, if you are saying Favre is the greatest, you better be saying Pete Rose is the greatest as well.