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  1. Looking at Julio's plays from last season and the catches he made in the SB, if we would've won the SB, I think he would have won MVP and he would probably be 1st ballot. Without the SB win and SB MVP, he is still on target for HoF. I just look at TO and Moss and with what they did and are having a hard time getting in. Yeah, I know their antics and diva persona are weighing them down now. Otherwise, WTH isn't TO 1st ballot. 2nd in majority of stats behind Jerry, SMH. If Matt Ryan wins SB MVP, he will be a 1st or 2nd ballot HoF. But Kurt Warner did have to wait to get in. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000813486/article/julio-jones-heads-nfls-most-indispensable-offensive-players
  2. D. Orlando Ledbetter @dorlandoajc Cover 9@9: Brett Favre ready for his enshrinement in Canton July 20, 2016 | Filed in: ajc sports, ajc-sports.ajc, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Falcons, NFL,, Focal, Sports. Comments 0 Frank Niemeir / AJC The Atlanta Falcons drafted quarterback Brett Favre 33rd overall in the 1991 draft. After a disappointing season in Atlanta, he was traded to the Green Bay Packers where he went on to have a Hall of Fame career and was voted league MVP three seasons in a row (1995-97). 1. Worst trade in team history. The Falcons cut bait on their medical gamble on quarterback Brett Favre before he could develop into a player. We don’t have to rehash his dubious stay in Atlanta, the parties in Buckhead nor that Jerry Glanville forced a trade to the Green Bay Packers. Before the 1991 draft, Favre’s medical history scared off a lot of teams and the Falcons nearly got him back because the Packers’ doctors would not pass him on physical. Green Bay general manager Ron Wolf, an Al Davis disciple who was trying to revive his career after a failed stop in Tampa Bay, stepped in and vetoed the doctor’s decision. Now Favre, after his storied career, is set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio. “I knew right away that my hip was an issue,” Favre said Tuesday on a conference call. “I’d hurt my hip in the East-West Shrine game and I think the general consensus was vascular stenosis sort of like what Bo Jackson had. “I don’t want to sound like a doctor, but a vascular stenosis can spread or just kind of lay in wait or it can deteriorate the bone very rapidly. That’s when the blood supply is basically cut off to a joint or something along those lines. I had that diagnosis so some teams were turned away. Seattle being one of them.” With collegiate victories over Florida State, Alabama and Auburn while at Southern Mississippi, Favre seemed destined for greatness. He nearly pulled off an upset of Georgia before the Bulldogs prevailed 18-17 on Sept. 15, 1990. He lasted until the 33rd overall pick of the second round. “For Atlanta, I did MRIs,” Favre said. “I did X-rays for numerous teams. Some said, ‘naw we are just not going to take that chance.’ Others said, ‘we will take that chance’ and Atlanta was one of them.” His time here was brief. He played in two games, attempted four passes and had two interceptions in 1991 before Glanville had him run out of town. He was traded for Green Bay’s second first-rounder in 1992, which turned out to be running back Tony Smith from Southern Miss (19th overall). Smith played in 33 games, made six starts and rushed for 329 yards over three seasons. He was used mostly as a kickoff and punt returner. Favre went on to throw for 71,838 yards, 508 touchdowns, 336 interceptions and led the Packers to 11 postseasons, including two Super Bowls and one world title. Here’s Ken Herock’s take on the trade. Favre is still thankful that Wolf over-ruled the team doctors. Packers quarterback Brett Favre sits dejected in the snow as Falcons defensive ends Brady Smith (center) and Patrick Kerney come up with his fumble celebrating during 4th quarter. (Curtis Compton/AJC) “The doctors said he could play five or seven years, then again he may not,” Favre said. “That’s not taking into account how you play on the field. A debt of gratitude, with or without that scenario, is forever payable and I’ve told Ron that over and over again. “In fact I had a conversation with him (Monday night). We both are always so thankful to one another and you’d think we’d get over that at some point. It’s really a wonderful story.” Wolf was inducted in the Hall of Fame last season. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, left, embraces Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre following their wildcard playoff game in 2003.The Falcons won 27-7. It was Green Bay’s first lost in 12 playoff games at historic Lambeau Field. (Associated Press) Favre took note of the gamble by Wolf on a kid who’d basically blown the trust of his first NFL head coach. “In his case, sticking his neck out there at a time when he just had a new job with a storied and traditional franchise like the Packers, boy, what a gamble,” Favre said. “I’m forever thankful for that. I know that he’s said over and over to me that he was thankful to me that it worked out.” 2. Glanville’s side. He wanted the Falcons to draft Louisville quarterback Browning Nagle. Favre’s major issues were off the field (Buckhead), mainly with alcohol. “I tried everything with Brett,’’ Glanville said. “He needed to grow up and he was young, and I even flew in his parents to try to help me with him. But I couldn’t get him to function. I went to all the hangouts in town. You remember Frankie’s (at the Prado), I went there and asked them to stop letting him drink. But sooner or later, one guy can’t be bigger than the organization. “I knew he was a player. (Pro Bowl offensive lineman) Bill Fralic would holler at him and chew on him, but Bill would always tell me, ‘The kid is going to be a great player.’ In all my years of coaching, he is the only player I ever had that wasn’t in the team picture. Brett knew he screwed up when he missed that. I tried and I probably should have worked harder with him.’’
  3. Discuss. I can see arguments being made for both "yes" and "no" and both would be reasonable. Pro: He is already top 5 in passing yards, all time. He may move to top 2 or 3 all time before he retires. Those numbers deserve to be in the HOFer with a first ballot vote-in. Con: Brees is one of the forgotten. He always seemed to get snubbed in favor of Peyton or Brady or Rodgers...for MVP.. Never really had the respect of one of the other "Elite" qbs.
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