Brett Favre never claimed to be the most accurate quarterback who ever threw a football.
But after having his retired No. 4 Packers jersey unveiled at Lambeau Field during halftime of Green Bay's loss to the Bears last week, Favre has been making the media rounds a bit. And on Wednesday night, the NFL's all-time leader in – among other things – pass completions, pass attempts and interceptions was on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon to smash plates.
And smash them he did. At least, some of them.
Following an interview (during which he called it "an understatement" that he was not well-received initially by Green Bay fans when he played at Lambeau with the Vikings), the thrice-retired Favre donned safety goggles and a Packers hoodie, James Jones-style, to fire footballs at plates Fallon tossed into the air for the "Throwdown" segment. Favre said he hadn't thrown a ball since 2010, though that strains credulity, given he's coached a bit of high school ball since then and throwing a football has been his entire life for three decades.
Upon being told that Saints quarterback Drew Brees holds the show record for smashed plates, Favre quickly quipped, "He's a much more accurate passer than me. I throw it harder."
You can watch the video below to see how well he did. But know that it's always a success when Favre, who hasn't played in the NFL in five years, doesn't throw an interception, announce his retirement or burst into tears.
Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.
After interning at print publications like Birds and Blooms (official motto: "America's #1 backyard birding and gardening magazine!"), Sports Illustrated (unofficial motto: "Subscribe and save up to 90% off the cover price!") and The Dallas Morning News (a newspaper!), Jimmy worked for web outlets like CBSSports.com, where he was a Packers beat reporter, and FOX Sports Wisconsin, where he managed digital content. He's a proponent and frequent user of em dashes, parenthetical asides, descriptive appositives and, really, anything that makes his sentences longer and more needlessly complex.
Jimmy appreciates references to late '90s Brewers and Bucks players and is the curator of the unofficial John Jaha Hall of Fame. He also enjoys running, biking and soccer, but isn't too annoying about them. He writes about sports - both mainstream and unconventional - and non-sports, including history, music, food, art and even golf (just kidding!), and welcomes reader suggestions for off-the-beaten-path story ideas.