Former Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Brett Favre who owned headlines this week was inducted into the Packers’ Hall of Fame on Saturday. Favre had a brilliant career in Green Bay that saw him start in 253 games and passed for 61,655 yards during the course of his 16 years with the team.
Speaking on Favre’s excellent capabilities is former Packers’ safety LeRoy Butler who spent 11 seasons working with Favre. Butler had this to share with ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky:
“I don’t think he’s human. Whenever it’s his time to leave this earth, I want to see the X-rays. I don’t believe it. He’s not human. I’m telling you the guy’s a mixture of Wolverine, RoboCop and Superman.”
It was Favre’s ability to shake off injuries that would have had other NFL players missing time that convinced Butler of this theory. Butler described an ankle sprain Favre once suffered against the Minnesota Vikings in 1995:
“That thing was yellow, green, orange and brown. I said, ‘Dude, you can’t play next week.”
Butler described how Favre wouldn’t have any of that talk:
“He looked at me and said, ‘Roy Lee — that’s what he called me — there ain’t a damn thing wrong with my arm. He said, ‘There ain’t nothing wrong with the chicken wing.'”
What did Favre do to prove Butler’s super-human theory even more after that sprain? He passed for Packers’ career-high five touchdowns in a 35-28 win over the Chicago Bears. Favre did end up having surgery on his ankle postseason.
It’s instances like that and the fact Favre leads the NFL for the most consecutive starts (297) that Butler can compare the Hall of Famer to a multitude of Super Heroes.