We've enjoyed Brett Favre for so long that it's easy to forget the not so glorious past. As my good friend ATD pointed out in another post here, our sons do not know that there was a time when the Packers were known primarily for mediocrity. Or worse. So here's a little history lesson.
The picture to the left shows the Packer quarterback stable at the beginning of the training camp in 1972. On the left is Jerry Tagge, who very briefly wore #14 until someone pointed out that the number was retired; Bart Starr, who ended up retiring before the season; and Scott Hunter, who led the Packers for three seasons during that time, generally without distinction. The second picture is John Hadl, who arrived in Green Bay in the middle of 1974 in the most disastrous trade in Green Bay history as an aging 34 year old quarterback and was sent away after two middling seasons. The fellow on the right is David Whitehurst, who was the Packers quarterback in the late 1970s. It's easy now, after 17 years of sustained excellence at the quarterback position with Brett Favre, to forget how dire things have been at times in Green Bay. Just looking at those pictures fills me with gratitude for all the good football I've been able to enjoy since Favre arrived in 1992.