The 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was among the most star-studded in recent memory, with Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel and Edward DeBartolo Jr. getting inducted into Canton this past weekend.
All of those men, however, were overshadowed by Brett Favre, as Canton was completely overrun by green and gold.
“You feel bad for Marvin Harrison and Tony Dungy and those guys who were so overshadowed,” PackerReport.com’s Bill Huber said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I think the official attendance was (around) 22,400, and shoot, I swear there were 15,000 Favre jerseys. Indiana is right next door and they had Harrison and Dungy, and Pennsylvania is on the other side and they have Kevin Greene – and it didn’t matter. Hell, we were coming home (Monday) and we were at a rest stop four hours out of Canton and the whole rest stop was Packers fans. It was unbelievable.”
Favre spent 16 seasons in Green Bay, where he was named to nine of his 11 Pro Bowls, won three MVPs and led the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XXXI.
And he got a lot of love along the way.
“You never knew what you were going to get out of Brett on game day,” Huber said. “He might throw five touchdowns, or he might throw four picks. You never knew. I think people loved him so much (because he played like we would). You would just throw the ball over the yard and you would celebrate like crazy with your teammates. You would just play with this devil-may-care attitude, and I think that’s why people embraced him so much. That’s how I would play if we had talents like that. I think there were so many things working to make Favre who he was, just this icon of football.”