Over the past several weeks, there have been multiple connections between the Oakland Raiders and quarterback Brett Favre.
Favre's impact on current Raiders' quarterback Derek Carr has been well documented; Carr grew up idolizing the former Green Bay Packer, and wears No. 4 as an homage to the former Southern Miss Golden Eagle. Favre in turn recently shared his thoughts about Carr, calling him "a little more polished" than he was at a similar point in his career.
Saturday evening as Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the veteran quarterback took some time during his induction speech to recognize another Raiders' quarterback, one who not only impacted his career, but one who was also inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday – Ken Stabler.
"As we sat in our seats prior to kickoff, the crowd stood and pointed in the direction of the Saints' tunnel, and as I stood, I saw this long, gray-haired, scruff-bearded player emerging from the tunnel," said Favre. "And I knew then and there, as goose bumps ran up my arm, and the hair on the back of my neck stood up, that that was what I was destined to be. I wanted to be that player. Well, that player happened to be none other than Kenny Stabler."
After Favre's father passed away in 2003, the Hall of Fame quarterback delivered one of the most memorable performances of his career mere days later, putting together a dominant 399-yard performance against the Silver and Black on Monday Night Football.
The Raiders lost the game 41-7, but what stood out to Favre, even nearly 13 years later, is the class that the fans showed him that day in Oakland.
"I've played in Oakland before, and I think everyone here who has played in Oakland either as the home team or the away team can agree, they can be downright nasty," Favre said. "I've seen it. I've witnessed it, but I'll say this; that night the tremendous respect and honor that was shown to me and my family from the Oakland Raiders' fans was spectacular. "
You can see Favre's comments about the Silver and Black, below.