The Favre Connection

There will be better quarterbacks than Brett Favre. But his bond with fans may never be repeated

Mike Roemer / AP

Brett Favre laughs after rushing for a first down against the Cleveland Browns in Green Bay, Wis., Sept. 19, 2005.

It's not that I didn't believe; I just needed to see it for myself. And there it was, bobbling square on the church windowsill. Before this year's NFC Championship Game between Brett Favre's Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants, I traveled to Green Bay to try to capture the singular bond between Favre, the legendary quarterback who announced his retirement on March 4, and the NFL's company town, where Packer football is more than a Sunday pastime. Driving along Packerland Drive in the -7°F (-22°C) chill, I pulled into the parking lot of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, to glean...

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