Toward the end of his career, Brett Favre was a polarizing figure. Even after he retired, he was a polarizing figure. But in the prime of his career, he was on top of the world.
“I played with a lot of quarterbacks in the NFL, and he’s the only one I would have started a bar-room brawl for,” former Packer Santana Dotson said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Brett was a players’ guy. He loved each and every individual in that locker room. At the end of the day, he just wanted to go onto the field and kick some tail and wanted to talk a lot of trash and enjoy everything and every aspect of it in between. He did a great job of the camaraderie and he just really wanted to be one of the guys.’
Favre, a three-time MVP, led the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XXXI, beating the Patriots, 35-21.
“A lot of times in the NFL, the quarterback position is . . . kind of standoffish from the team and the rest of the locker room,” Dotson said, “but Brett made it a point to be hands-on with everybody. I think that’s one of the biggest things when I stepped into Green Bay. You have Pro Bowlers and you have perennial Hall of Famers like Reggie White, Sean Jones, Brett Favre, Mark Chmura, Keith Jackson, Andre Rison, Desmond Howard – it was a family atmosphere. There was no big heads. It was all about going out to get that win every Sunday.”