Brett Favre's Weirdest Green Bay Legacy

Brett Favre's Weirdest Green Bay Legacy

Brett Favre’s oddest legacy in Green Bay has to do with his headgear. Follow me down this rabbit hole, if you please.

At Southern Miss, Favre made a name for himself wearing what’s referred to as a four-point chinstrap attachment. As you can see, the chinstrap attaches to the helmet at four different points.

Favre donned a similar chinstrap during his lone season with the Falcons…

...and early on during his time in Green Bay. As you can see, Favre even wore the four-point chinstrap during his legendary comeback win over the Bengals.

However, by the time the 1993 season rolled around, Favre had switched to his now-customary two-point chinstrap attachment, a configuration he would keep until the end of his career.

By itself, this is an interesting nugget (at least to me). But what I find fascinating is how Favre’s chinstrap preference has spread to his successors.

When Aaron Rodgers first arrived in Green Bay, he used a four-point chinstrap attachment, as you can see here:

But soon, Rodgers changed his chinstrap to mirror Favre’s, completing his first pass as a member of the Packers in a chinstrap that resembled his mentor's.

He, too, has now worn the two-point variety through the remainder of his career.

Rodgers’ own proteges have tended to mirror his choices as well, as both Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman adopted the two-point look during their stints in Green Bay, despite both using the four-point variety in college.

And while Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn both went their own way with four-point chinstraps, what is that we see from Brett Hundley, himself a former four-point chinstrap user? That’s right, Favre’s chinstrap choices have now influenced third generation of Packers quarterbacks.

 Aug 23, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley (7) throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
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