5. Brett Favre was a 20-year veteran of the NFL, having played quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons (1991), Green Bay Packers (19922007), New York Jets (2008), and Minnesota Vikings (20092010). Favre was the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 500 touchdowns, throw for over 70,000 yards, over 6,000 completions, and over 10,000 pass attempts. Favre started at the quarterback position for the University of Southern Mississippi for four years before being selected in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by Atlanta (33rd overall). He was traded to Green Bay on February 10, 1992, for the 19th pick in the 1992 NFL Draft. Favre became the Packers' starting quarterback in the fourth game of the 1992 season, stepping in for injured quarterback Don Majkowski, and started every game through the 2007 season. He was traded to the New York Jets and started at quarterback for the 2008 season before signing with the Vikings on August 18, 2009 as their starting quarterback. He made an NFL record 297 consecutive starts (321 including playoffs). He is the only player to win the AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award three consecutive times (199597), and is one of only six quarterbacks to have won the award as well as the Super Bowl in the same season. He has led teams to eight division championships (1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009), five NFC Championship Games (1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2009), and two Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl XXXI, Super Bowl XXXII), winning one (Super Bowl XXXI). He holds many NFL records, including most career pass completions, most career pass attempts, most career interceptions thrown, most consecutive starts by a player, most sacked, and most fumbles. At the time of his retirement, he was the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns, although both records have since been broken by Peyton Manning. He is also referred to by his nickname "The Gunslinger". Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of
6. Aaron Rodgers college football for California, where he set several career passing records, including lowest single-season and career interception rates. He was selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Packers. After backing up Brett Favre for the first three years of his NFL career, Rodgers became the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback in 2008 and led them to a victory in Super Bowl XLV after the 2010 NFL season; Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP. He was named Associated Press Athlete of the Year in 2011, as well as being voted league MVP by the Associated Press for the 2011 and 2014 NFL seasons. Rodgers has led the NFL three times in touchdown-to-interception ratio (2011, 2012, 2014), twice in passer rating (2011, 2012), touchdown passing percentage (2011, 2012) and lowest passing interception percentage (2009, 2014), and once in yards per attempt (2011). Rodgers is the NFL's all-time career leader in passer rating during the regular season with a rating of 103.8 and fifth all-time in the postseason with a rating of 98.2 (among passers with at least 1,500 and 150 pass attempts, respectively). He is the only quarterback to have a career passer rating of over 100.0 in the regular season as well as having the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history at 4.01 touchdowns per interception. He also holds the league's lowest career passing interception percentage for quarterbacks during the regular season at 1.6 percent and the single-season passer rating record of 122.5. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Jan. 26, 1997, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Andre Rison during the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Favre was equal parts desperado and virtuoso during his 20-year NFL career that was predicated on taking big risks in the game's biggest moments. Favre will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)
FILE - This Jan. 26, 1997, file photo shows Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre celebrating after throwing a touchdown pass to Andre Rison during first quarter action at Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)
National Edition News cover for February 1, 2015 - Ads may use ‘guerrilla’ means at Super Bowl: Rather than debuting with racy ads, as some other advertisers have done in the past, Wix.com went for nonedgy laughs with an ad that shows retired football players coming up with funny fictional businesses, such as Brett Favre inventing a charcuteries business called "Favre and Carve." (Associated Press/Wix.com)
Rather than debuting with racy ads, as some other advertisers have done in the past, Wix.com went for nonedgy laughs with an ad that shows retired football players coming up with funny fictional businesses, such as Brett Favre inventing a charcuteries business called "Favre and Carve." (Associated Press/Wix.com)
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2007 file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre reacts to a 46-yard touchdown pass to tight end Donald Lee during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Green Bay, Wis. Favre will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame and have his jersey retired next year. Favre writes on his official website that it will be an honor to have his name placed among others such Bart Starr, Curly Lambeau, Ray Nitschke and Vince Lombardi, to name a few. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
Minnesota Vikings' Brett Favre (4) talks with Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in the second quarter during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Vikings 30-17. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Still wonder if Aaron Rodgers is capable of filling Brett Favre’s shoes? In 2010, he was named MVP of Super Bowl XLV. He followed that up last year by leading the Packers to a 15-1 record and winning league MVP.
Still wonder if Aaron Rodgers is capable of filling Brett Favre’s shoes? In 2010, he was named MVP of Super Bowl XLV. He followed that up last year by leading the Packers to a 15-1 record and winning league MVP. (Associated Press)
The last time the Packers faced the New York Giants in the playoffs, Brett Favre ended his Packers career with an interception in the NFC Championship game. Now the Packers and Aaron Rodgers boast one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the game with Rodgers, who will need to continue to avoid interceptions with the weather turning bad for the divisional playoff game scheduled for Jan. 15, 2012, against the Giants. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (right) has thrown for 54,828 yards, third all-time behind Brett Favre and Dan Marino. He needs one more TD pass to join Favre (508) and Marino (420) as the only members of the 400 club.