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Brett Favre Super Bowl XXXI

Andre Rison Still Loves Brett Favre

Andre Rison’s tenure with the Green Bay Packers was brief. A partial season, five games. Rison was picked up after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. A shrewd Ron Wolf move in the middle of the season that fortified an already stout receiving corps, which already included Antonio “Stone Hands” Freeman, Don Beebe, an injured Robert Brooks and tight ends Mark Chmura and Keith Jackson.

Rison, one of the best receivers in the game during his tenure with Atlanta from 1989 to 1994, caught just 13 passes for 135 yards in those five games with the Packers. But as we all know, the guy could still turn on the jets and he did it in the Super Bowl.

Rison hauled in the first score of the game right there. That’s where the Brett Favre running with his helmet off photo comes from. Yeah, you could do that back in the day and not get penalized. I also love that Rison strutted into the end zone Bad Moon Rison style.

The Packers, thanks largely to MVP Desmond Howard and three sacks by the all-time great Reggie White, beat the Patriots 35-21.

That would be Rison, Favre, White and Howard’s only Super Bowl ring.

Andre Rison hasn’t forgotten. He hasn’t forgotten breaking that coverage, the guy who threw him that perfect pass and that championship. And neither will we.

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Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!

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  1. Cheese April 5, 2018

    “The Packers, thanks largely to MVP Desmond Howard and three sacks by the all-time great Reggie White, beat the Patriots 35-21.”

    Right…. Brett Favre putting up three touchdowns, two passing and one rushing, had little to do with the Packers winning that game.

    1. Kato April 6, 2018

      Lol. I thought the same. And didn’t two of Whites sacks come when the game was all but decided?

      1. PF4L April 7, 2018

        I think i remember White having 2 sacks, back to back, near the end of the game. But it’s been awhile since i watched it.

        1. PF4L April 7, 2018

          Right before the 2 sacks, he also hit Bledsoe, so he had 3 QB hits on that drive resulting in a 3 n out. You can watch it here starting at about 2 min 30 sec. left in the 3rd quarter.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k6NPt7gnGQ

          Favre could have won MVP, Desmond, and possibly Reggie. None of the 3 would be a problem with me.

          3 things came to mind: 1) Favre’s 1st 3rd of his career with the Pack was pretty damn good. 2) Everyone loved Reggie White. 3) Guys like Madden and Summerall calling a game will never be duplicated.

          1. Cheese April 8, 2018

            Wow, I haven’t a majority of that game since 97′. A few things that stood out-
            There was a lot of trash talk and scuffling. None of it got flagged either.
            Seeing Elliot Wolf on the sidelines with his dad. His whole life has revolved around the Packers since the early 90’s. Makes you think about how big of a deal it was for him to leave.
            Holy crap does Frank Caliendo sound like John Madden.

  2. cz April 6, 2018

    Reggie White loved Brett Favre.
    John Madden loved Brett Favre.
    The Vikings still love Brett Favre.
    He was spectacular

  3. Larry April 6, 2018

    Damn, I miss those days………

  4. Empacador April 7, 2018

    That’s funny right there. Rison loves him some Bert. Rison doesn’t love him some Green Bay Packers though.

    “There are probably NFL players who cherish their Super Bowl rings more than their wedding rings. When Andre Rison, who scored the Packers first touchdown in SB XXXI, was asked about his ring, he responded, “I don’t even know where it is. How Desmond Howard was treated, how I was treated, no. To hell with that ring. [Former Packers coach] Mike Holmgren lied. That team has never been the same.” So…Rison doesn’t know where his Super Bowl ring is and he doesn’t care because the coach lied? No matter what happened after the game, the fact remains that he played in the biggest football game of the 1996-1997 season, he helped the team win, shouldn’t he want to keep that ring?”

    Kinda sounds like Bert doesn’t he? They can have each other.

    1. PF4L April 7, 2018

      I don’t claim to know all the details, nor will i pretend to, but i think there is more to that story.

      There was some drama surround the post Super Bowl win with Desmond and Rison. they were excluded from some things because they were no longer members of the Packers. I know there was a snub for the visit to the White House, and i vaguely remember one or both were not allowed in the bus ride through Green Bay, though i may be wrong on that.

      It should be noted that Favre, instead of joining his teammates back to Green Bay to celebrate with Packer fans, elected to skip it, so he could go play some golf in Hawaii before the Pro Bowl. I called bullshit on that, and that was Favre’s first strike with me. Then came all the “possible” retirement talk (every year) following that Super Bowl win. So it didn’t take long for Favre to reach the 3 strikes and your out program with me. That’s why i always have said, i had problems with Favre, far before he joined the vikings (which i didn’t care about at that point).

  5. cz April 7, 2018

    Hmm. Despite that drama, they made it back to the Super Bowl in 1998 without both of them, but Holmgren was still there, and the Packers were favored without Rison and Howard, The Packers Offense showed up, but their D couldn’t stop Terrell Davis runnind all over them up the middle.