Titans QB sacks Ripken comparison to Favre
Titans quarterback Kerry Collins has a unique perspective on Brett Favre’s streak of consecutive starts, a streak that’s clearly in jeopardy this weekend
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=Brett+Favre&iid=10053981″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/10053981/minnesota-vikings/minnesota-vikings.jpg?size=500&imageId=10053981″ width=”234″ height=”226″ /]Favre is the oldest quarterback in the league. Collins is one of the five oldest.
Collins has been hurt, benched and released. He has played for multiple teams. He has made the Pro Bowl and started in the Super Bowl.
In short, he has seen it all. And he says what Favre has done – start 315 consecutive games including the postseason at quarterback – will never be seen again.
“That’s beyond freakish,” Collins said in the Titans locker room on Wednesday. “I can’t imagine playing quarterback in the NFL and starting every game for 20 years. There’s no human explanation for it. It will never be done again.
“It’s not like the guy didn’t run around. He got out of the pocket and made plays and ran and took hits. To be that durable is just freakish.”
[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Kerry+Collins&iid=9687944″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9687944/tennessee-titans-carolina/tennessee-titans-carolina.jpg?size=500&imageId=9687944″ width=”234″ height=”334″ /]Collins has seen some media outlets comparing Favre’s streak to that of baseball ironman Cal Ripken. The comparison holds no water with the guys of the gridiron.
“I saw them comparing Cal Ripken’s streak and there’s just no comparison in my mind, just the physical abuse that a starting quarterback takes over the course of a season and a career is just beyond comprehension,” Collins said.
Collins watched Favre hobble around in the Sunday night loss to the Packers. He was asked why the Vikings QB would put himself through such torture.
“The guy loves to play,” Collins said. “That’s why he does it. If he walks out there on Sunday it wouldn’t surprise me one bit regardless of how his ankle feels. It’s something inside that guy … he’s gonna play come hell or high water.”