Falcons: An ode to Buckhead and Brett Favre

What would have happened if the Falcons had not traded Brett Favre?

What would have happened if the Falcons had not traded Brett Favre?

Canton, Ohio The day was February 10, 1992.

It will go down in Falcons history as perhaps the worst trade ever made in the National Football League.

It was the day the Falcons were fleeced by Ron Wolf and the Green Bay Packers. They traded away Brett Farve.

Our pal and legendary NFL writer Len Pasquarelli wrote in the Atlanta Constitution, “ In a deal that gives them another first-round pick in what is expected to be the strongest NFL draft in years, the Atlanta Falcons traded third-string quarterback Brett Favre to the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday for the 17th overall selection.”

As we moved further away from the trade, most of the blame shifted from Falcons director of player

Brett Favre and Ron Wolf had the last laugh at the expense of the Falcons.

Brett Favre and Ron Wolf had the last laugh at the expense of the Falcons.

personnel Ken Herock to coach Jerry Glanville, who reportedly had grown tired for Favre’s antics and lack of focus. (Translation: Hanging out in Buckhead!)

“In effect, we traded a good prospect, but a player who might not have played for us for several years, for what could turn into a guy who plays for us right away, ” said Herock at the time. “But it also gives us plenty of leverage now. It gives us a chance to move around if we decide we want to.”

Most thought the Packers over-paid for Favre and that the Falcons got the better of the deal.

Favre, 22 at the time, was the No. 3 behind Chris Miller, who was 26, and Billy Joe Tolliver, who was 25.

Favre talked to Pasquarelli from his parents home in Kiln. Miss and said, “I’m a little shocked, but not totally. The bad part is, I’m leaving a lot of friends and a brand-new house behind. The good part is, I’m going to have a chance to play pretty quickly. The way they’ve talked, I can be the man up there.”

Favre attempted only five passes as a Falcons and two of them were intercepted and he was sacked on the other.

Well, y’all know the rest.

He got to Green Bay and Mike Holmgren molded him – coming within a few inches of choking him to death more than a couple of times — in to a future hall of famer. Favre lead to the Packers to two Super Bowls, winning one.

Wolf had the evaluation right.

“I consider [Favre] to be a guy who has a chance, in a couple of years, to be more than just another average starter, ” said Wolf. “Brett’s got moxie and ability and he makes a good impression on you.”

We think he’s done for good this time. Next stop for Favre will be Canton, Ohio.

What would have happened if Favre had stayed in Atlanta?

37 comments Add your comment

Jack Barnes

July 29th, 2009
1:48 pm

If ifs and buts were beer and nuts….

Jack Barnes

July 29th, 2009
1:48 pm

Michael Vick

July 29th, 2009
1:53 pm

What ? u done talkin bout me?


July 29th, 2009
1:54 pm

if he stayed here he would of drank himself into rehab. he wasnt called buckhead brett for nothing.

Steve Goss

July 29th, 2009
1:55 pm

You had to have been there to know, that at the time of Brett’s trade to Green Bay (or elsewhere), it was the right thing to do. “Buckhead Brett” wasn’t going over with fans like a “Broadway Joe”. Chris Miller was popular and seemed to have what it took to lead the Falcons. The team had many more pressing needs than having to babysit a player (Favre) by a coach (Glanville) who needed a bit of babysitting himself. That being said, hindsight being better than x-ray vision, I’d give a golden Falcon to have had Brett with us over those years. However, he went to a team and a coach that allowed him to grow and mature. Green Bay was a team with an identity. The Falcons never had one early on.
We, as fans, would never had allowed him to be…well…him. He could never have reached his eventual greatness with a team that was constantly rebuilding and quick fixing. I am proud of Brett Favre for his football achievements as a true “son of the South”. I hope that I will be right there, just off I-77 in Canton next to Fawcett Stadium on that day of his enshrinement. I still believe that Brett was, in some way, one of us.


July 29th, 2009
2:08 pm

Everyone alwaysa likes to look back at this and say bad trade. BULL.

It was a good trade. Favre wasn’t getting it done here. He needed the trade to wake him up and realize he needed to get serious. Also, he had a great QB coach in Green Bay who helped him work on his game.

A different scenery worked for him. It worked for the Falcons too.


July 29th, 2009
2:38 pm

Will we be saying the same about Francouer in 15 years? Doubt it but you never know.

Also, didn’t Steve Bartkowski come into town with a similar “buckhead” image?

Cleveland Steamer

July 29th, 2009
2:42 pm

The Dawg Pound will accept Vick with open paws…

Vampire Bill

July 29th, 2009
3:05 pm

In hind sight … Maybe we should have roasted Jerry Glanville instead.

I guess back then I thought it was a good trade. Oooops.

Those were the Rankin Smith days. Thank goodness Arthur Blank wants a winning team here in Atlanta.

Looking forward to this season. Matt Ryan should be just fine.


July 29th, 2009
3:12 pm

Farve needed to go someplace boring – Green Bay was perfect!
As it is – he still fought an addition to pain killers.


July 29th, 2009
3:36 pm

Even Farve thought the trade was what he needed to wake up. He said that it might have saved his life. And the Falcons of that day would have ruined him anyway.


July 29th, 2009
3:37 pm

who knows?
Who says we had the staff or system to mold Brett into what he eventually became as the Packers QB? He may have flamed out here in ATL based on what we had, what we did, and who was here.
Let it go.

Willie Coyote

July 29th, 2009
4:12 pm

Even Favre later admitted that the nightlife would have gotten the better of him here. It would never have worked.


July 29th, 2009
4:52 pm

I’d still smoke one with the dude.


July 29th, 2009
4:53 pm



July 29th, 2009
7:21 pm

Coach Ken, come to the Bird Cage! Training camp is upon us and we need your insight. D3 has been off the charts with his writings; we have a APB for all our cage brothers! Stirg, fantasy football is waiting for you to sign up or they may replace you. Time is critical Stirg.


July 29th, 2009
10:32 pm

For those of us who saw Favre & Southern Miss beat Alabama in 1990, we were not happy with this trade.



July 29th, 2009
11:53 pm

‘DA Smiths, Da Glanvilles, Jones,Swamp Foxes,no, it wasn’t a bad dream.Tougher than a “Waffle House Steak”.Dan Reeves thought he’d found the next Elway in Vick.Not.Life’s too short to live and die with the birds,but I’ve died a many a Sunday watching those clowns.My alter ego is Cowboy Hater. Sat in front of boob tube and watched Bart Starr sneak ‘her in, behind Jerry Kramer and co.In another life I can only hope the Falcons come into the same universe as the storied Packer’s.Yeah, Farve’a a flake,but seriously fans,Glanville took Flake to a whole new level.We have a chance now.Thanks to the Football Gods, most of the people eating “The let’s see how stupid we can be pills are thousands of miles away.”


July 30th, 2009
12:08 am

Favre was young and needed the time to mature in a more laid back locale like Green Bay.

Too bad the Buckhead of old is no longer in existence thanks to the City of Atlanta’s moral minority. Those quality of life people that have crowned themselves as being responsible for policing the party scene in the ATL. For a city that wants to be known as an international progressive city, there isn’t very much to do after dark, especially downtown.

D.Orlando's man

July 30th, 2009
3:21 am

I am tired of you hiding in the closet. It’s not like everyone doesn’t KNOW you are a flaming hom0 ,D. led
So stop with your down-low act….and quit swinging from Roddy’s sack.

D.Orlando's man

July 30th, 2009
3:22 am

I mean, c’mon….that sissy bow tie??

Bill Heller

July 30th, 2009
7:08 am

I’m looking forward to seeing Farve team up with Bob Dole in some Viagra commercials.

GT Falcon

July 30th, 2009
7:23 am

Favre being traded is probably the reason he got his act together. He should be thanking the falcons.


July 30th, 2009
10:00 am

At the time, Chris Miller was a pretty good NFL QB. He had taken the Falcons to the playoffs the year before, where they beat the Saints in NO before losing to the Redskins. The Packers offered a 1st round pick for a 3rd string QB who was drafted in the 2nd round. Farve had done absolutely nothing to prove that he would be even a decent QB. Green Bay took a chance on a guy they thought would be their 2nd string QB. Majkowski got hurt, they HAD to play Farve, and the rest is history. Farve took the Packers to 2 Super Bowls, the 1996 and 1997 seasons. The Falcons went to the Super Bowl the following year, 1998, with Chris Chandler!! Green Bay surrounded Farve with better talent most years than the Falcons could have. Farve had a great career, but his best years were in the mid-90’s, really only had 1 great year, 2007, since then.

Jim H.

July 30th, 2009
11:45 am

Chris Miller was a pretty dang good QB before he started getting the concussions. If his career had not been derailed by that, the Favre trade would not have looked nearly as bad (because we would have had a good QB for several more seasons). That ‘91 team (the year before the trade) was a very good and underrated team and they in fact gave the Redskins a better game than anybody else in the playoffs did that year (on a very sloppy field too).

But as usual, with the Falcons normal rotten luck, the injuries started piling up in ’92 and prevented a successive quality season. Same thing happened in ’79, ’81, ’99, ’03, etc., etc. —– they never can keep the success going after a good season. I hope things change this year, but if they went 6-10 it wouldn’t surprise me a bit. It’s tough being a Falcons fan.

Hamp from Tuscaloosa

July 30th, 2009
4:04 pm

D. Led, While I understand your point. I am so tired of Brett Favre press. It is old and tired. Let’s talk about Roddy gettin’ paid. I do think he has gotten over on us the first couple of years. It takes a WR about three good years to become a NFL star and he has done that. We need to sign him now! I do think that we will be very good, but I also think that little problem of the droppzise will keep showing up. We all got faults just some more than others. All and All good article dude.


July 30th, 2009
4:20 pm

As soon as the Falcons (Smiths) said that they were going to hire Glanville, you had to know it was going to be a big joke. I remember Bill Walsh commented about Glanville’s hiring with something like, you can get a defensive guy anywhere, why don’t they hire someone to help develop there young quarterback (Miller). The Smith’s would never turn over the operation to a knowledge football person.

Dave, LA via Atlanta

July 30th, 2009
9:09 pm

Just shows to go ya, hindsight is always 20/20. Like what would have happened to Mike Vick if he could have shrugged off the gangsta in him and realized he was already on his way to the top of the world. He broke a lot of hearts including mine having followed the Falcons since they were hatched! By the way, Roddy, love watchin ya man, but your not Jerry Rice YET! One step at a time man, be cool, be THANKFUL, and you will get there. You just need to prove you are consistent. You are in the groove here(there in Atlanta), be patient and everything will fall into place. Otherwise, there is plenty of room at the bottom of the heap of hasbeens and neverwas’. We are anxiously waiting for you to generate some more excitement on the field. You, Roddy, are already making a heck of a lot more than the rest of us so be thankful and signup and we will all be happy. I am moving back to Ga and look forward to seeing you setting some pass catching/td records and make people think of Roddy White when best pass catcher in history is discussed. Hey guys, Mike has paid his dues, hopefully learned his lesson, why not get him back?


July 30th, 2009
10:09 pm

What I’m glad to see is the picture of the UNIFORM! Please can’t we go back to this classy look and leave the current Pop Warner looking things at the Goodwill drop-box? Please?

Saint Simons

July 31st, 2009
3:59 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahahaha

Jimmy Williams

July 31st, 2009
7:37 pm

Ozzfest her eis your answer off the google machine Im not Brett Farve but could u smoke one with me?

Chris Miller was the Head Coach for South Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon, from 2001 to 2006 where he ran one of the more successful football programs in the area. He is currently the Quarterbacks Coach for the Arizona Cardinals.


August 1st, 2009
10:45 am

Hotlana would have ate Favre up, and with no winning attitude here?


August 1st, 2009
2:16 pm

So, who did the Falcons draft with their Favre pick?

ATL Native

August 7th, 2009
12:18 pm

I can’t help but remember we had Brett Farve and Dieon Sanders on the same team and they turned out to be superstars!!! As for Buckhead…The whole Hip-Hop THUG movement came in and ruined one of the best party atmospheres in America from the late 70’s to the early 90’s. Oh what memories and before these dreaded diseases. My city has changed and I’ve moved ON AND OUT! I miss you HOTLANTA!!!


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