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
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?