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Filling the Void: Favre and the Packers Lift the Lombardi Trophy

Super Bowl XXXI had a lot on the line for the Green Bay Packers, and the man leading their charge was ready to rise to the occasion.

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Filling the Void: Favre and the Packers Lift the Lombardi Trophy

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We’ve been at this for a while. When we started writing “Filling the Void” pieces, I don’t think we really knew what we were diving into. Within the first couple weeks however, we realized the importance of what we were trying to do. In a time during which live sports were canceled, on hold, or whatever you want to call it, we started exploring games, matches, and rounds of the past.

At first, it was all about what full games we could actually find. Then, as the breadth of what the world was facing came further into focus, leagues with strict copyright laws started loosening restrictions and more and more options landed on our list. Now, here we are, over 100 games later and still going strong. 

Today: Brett Favre helps put the Green Bay Packers on top, at the expense of Bill Parcells and Drew Bledsoe‘s New England Patriots.

Click HERE to watch the full game!

Before we begin, I want to clarify something. The NFL, when posting this video back in 2016, titled it “Brett Favre’s First Super Bowl Win!” This is odd, considering that it’s his only Super Bowl win. So yes, it’s his first, but by dubbing it his “first” you’re implying there’s a second Super Bowl win, which there is not. So, there’s that.

We tend to think of the Green Bay Packers as this juggernaut of the NFL. With grainy footage of legends like Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi played almost on a loop during Super Bowl broadcasts, you’d think they’re the Yankees of the NFL.

That’s simply not true, and especially not true in 1996.

Prior to Super Bowl XXXI, the Packers have not been to a Super Bowl since the game’s formative years. That’s right. That last Super Bowl appearance from Green Bay featured a team coached by the guy whose name defines excellence, and for whom the Super Bowl trophy is named.

That’s what’s at stake here in this game for Green Bay. For their quarterback, there’s a lot more.

Brett Favre was taken by the Atlanta Falcons in 1991 with the 33rd pick in the draft, just outside of the first round. This was not welcome news to Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville, who stated that it would take a plane crash to put Favre in a game.

That offseason, Favre was traded to the Packers for their upcoming first-rounder. Ron Wolf, the General Manager for the Packers, who was assistant to the GM for the Jets during the 1991 Draft, stated that had the Falcons not taken Favre, he would have drafted him for the Jets.

Since acquiring Favre the Packers have gone to the playoffs in four of the last five seasons, each time inching closer to the Super Bowl. Finally they’ve made it.

All it took was 30 years and 10 days to get back.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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