Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Bengals started the Brett Favre legend
By James Walker
GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- Cincinnati Bengals assistant coach Jim Anderson remembers that September day in 1992 vividly.
Anderson watched from the sidelines as the Bengals were in control against the Green Bay Packers, leading 20-10 in the fourth quarter during a game at Lambeau Field. Cincinnati's defense played well and even knocked Packers starting quarterback Don Majkowski out of the game.
In just his second game in a Packers uniform, Brett Favre replaced an injured Don Majkowski and led Green Bay to a come-from-behind victory over Cincinnati.
Enter an unknown backup name Brett Favre -- and the rest was history.
Favre struggled early but had enough magic to earn his first NFL come-from-behind victory, throwing two touchdowns late in the final period to help the Packers topple the Bengals, 24-23.
Consider it the start of the Favre legend.
"I'll never forget it," said Anderson, who coaches Bengals running backs. "We were playing Cover 2, and the next thing you know, it was big plays and they came back and won the game. We turned the ball over at a crucial time and that was it.
"He just seized the moment, and that's what great players do."
Favre went on to have a stellar career in Green Bay, which included a Super Bowl title and another Super Bowl appearance. He also played for the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings before reportedly considering retirement Tuesday.
There is still debate in NFL circles whether this is it for Brett Favre. But either way, the Bengals will always have an unique tie-in with the future Hall of Fame quarterback.