Favre, Collins at 57 miles and counting

November, 19, 2008
11/19/08
4:30
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
CollinsFavre

The old-man references won't be thrown around like they were a year ago when Brett Favre faced Vinny Testaverde, but there's plenty of mileage between the quarterbacks in Sunday's game between the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans.

How many clicks on the odometer? Over 57 miles.

The Elias Sports Bureau computes that Favre and Kerry Collins will have the third-most most combined yardage between opposing quarterbacks in NFL history with 100,364 yards.

Dan Marino and John Elway set the record in December 1998 with 109,224 combined yards. Favre and Testaverde went into their November 2007 meeting with 105,979 yards between them.

Tale of the Tape: Favre vs. Collins
Favre
Collins
18Years13
5,597Comp3,078
9,073Att5,525
61.7
Pct.55.7
63,892Yds36,472
460TD182
300Int176
458Sacks310
86.0Rating73.7
2Super Bowls1
9Pro Bowls1

Favre and Testaverde also set the record for combined age in that game at 82 years.

Favre is 39. Collins will turn 36 next month.

"I appreciate every game," Favre told reporters Wednesday in Florham Park, N.Y. "If you talk with Kerry, if you talk with Kurt [Warner], older guys, you realize that you're playing game to game.

"Your focus is so much different than it was as a younger player. You just appreciate the moment a lot more because you realize it won't be there forever. This game could be my last."

Favre clearly is having a blast with the Jets, as evidenced by a video clip that's making the rounds in cyberspace of the legendary quarterback forcefully hugging Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum after last week's sudden-death victory over the New England Patriots.

"You have to seize the moment, whatever that may be, whether it's taking in the crowd, whether you take in a rivalry, whatever it may be, really appreciate it," Favre said.

"I'd like to say I've seen it all and done it all, but that's not true. A big win like we had Thursday night, I think 'Man, it just doesn't get any better than this.' Then you play next week against a team that's undefeated. You never know."

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