Brett Favre

Today in Performance History: Brett Farve Re-Signs with Packers for 7 Year, $48 Million Deal

A few years ago, it seemed like legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre was going to keep playing until he literally couldn’t go anymore. After officially retiring in 2010, Favre wrapped up a truly epic professional career which spanned over nineteen years and four teams. However, the bulk of Favre’s tenure was spent with the Green Bay Packers, who he played with from 1992 to 2007.

In 1997, Favre led the Packers to a win over the New England Patriots at Super Bowl XXXI, which would end up as one of the defining moments of his career. Months later, on July 25, 1997, Favre re-signed with Green Day for the third time, inking a seven-year, $48 million deal (complete with a $12 million signing bonus), which at the time was the most lucrative contract in the NFL.

After signing the record-breaking deal, Favre spoke on earning his pay: “I think I’ve proven in the last couple of years that I have been the best player in the league. But it could be someone else this year. That’s the way the game goes. It just shows me that the Packers and Ron felt the same way. And if the highest paid player in the league was getting paid $50,000 a year, I’d want $51,000. But there’s going to be guys (who) pass me up. That’s just the way it goes.”

During the era of AstroTurf in the ’90s, Favre was known for wearing a variety of Nike styles on the gridiron, but is best known for wearing the Zoom Turf Jet ’97. Recently re-released, this classic trainer is built with a durable leather upper with a forefoot lockdown strap, Zoom Air cushioning, and a rubber outsole with pods that will excel on turf. Train retro today for $80.

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