It seemed inconceivable when Brett Favre retired — and really, you can pick any of his retirements — that anyone over the next few decades would supplant him as the greatest quarterback in Green Bay Packers history.
Then, his replacement did it.
Arguing anyone but Aaron Rodgers as the greatest Packers quarterback seems foolish at this point. Not even Bart Starr can apply. Rodgers passed Favre for most touchdowns passes in Packers history on Saturday against the Browns, throwing the 443rd of his career. It was a sideline throw to Allen Lazard, and he stretched across the goal line to score in the first quarter. Rodgers ran off with the record-setting ball in his arm as fans cheered, and then chanted "MVP." Considering Favre broke Dan Marino's all-time NFL record for touchdown passes when he was still with the Packers, Rodgers' milestone is remarkable.
On Fox's broadcast they showed a taped message from Favre to Rodgers that was played on the Lambeau Field video board.
"Congratulations Aaron on passing my touchdown record, now I have one request: Go get us another Super Bowl," Favre said.
On his way to perhaps his fourth NFL MVP (which would break another tie with Favre), Rodgers continues his march to history.
Aaron Rodgers passes Brett Favre
There were plenty of Packers fans who didn't agree with the organization's decision to go forward with Rodgers when Favre retired in 2008, only to change his mind before training camp. At the time, it made sense.
Favre helped save the Packers. Because they've had nearly three decades of success, it's hard to remember when the Packers were the laughingstock of the NFL. Favre's arrival in 1992 was the beginning of a rebirth. Favre became one of the NFL's biggest stars. He won three MVPs. He led the Packers to a win in Super Bowl XXXI. He became, at that time, almost undeniably the most popular player in franchise history.
While Favre was still the starter, the Packers drafted Rodgers. The two are just about inseparable because of a since-buried feud. Rodgers rarely forgets anything, and passing Favre had to be meaningful.
Rodgers chasing another Super Bowl
Rodgers has moved to fifth all-time in touchdown passes in NFL history. Favre is next on the list at 508. Considering he's the favorite to win MVP, it doesn't seem like he'll slow down at any point.
Of course, the relationship between Rodgers and the Packers has been a touchy subject this year. Rodgers wanted to be traded. The Packers resisted and he reported. The Packers entered Saturday with the best record in the NFL. Rodgers is having another fantastic season. All seems well between the franchise and the greatest quarterback it has had.
As Favre said in his message, the big question is if the Packers can get another Super Bowl title with Rodgers. They have the No. 1 seed in the NFC and if they clinch that, it gives them a great chance. Rodgers has one Super Bowl title, like Favre. One more would be fitting at this stage in his career.
Another Super Bowl would boost Rodgers further up the list of all-time NFL greats. His place in Packers history is pretty well set, no matter what happens next.