CANTON, Ohio -- Brett Favre wants history to remember him as a Green Bay Packer, but ask the quarterback for one play that most defines his 20-year NFL career, and he offers something from his two-year run with the Minnesota Vikings.
It wasn't one of his 508 career touchdown passes or his 336 interceptions.
It was a block in Week 3 of a regular-season game against the San Francisco 49ers. Minutes after he hit Bernard Berrian on a crossing route, Favre took off down the field.
"I have no idea what I was thinking but ... before I knew it, I was 50 yards down the field and I threw a block on ... on ..." Favre said, struggling to remember the defender's name. "Patrick Willis. I got a good hit on him."
It wasn't the first time Favre took off looking for someone to block. But at that point, he was in his 19th NFL season and was just days shy of his 40th birthday.
"I remember him turning around and looking like, 'What the hell are you doing?'" Favre recalled Friday.
"I was thinking to myself, 'I have no idea.' But again, unscripted. We needed to win that game and for whatever reason I felt like going down and throwing a block would help us. I think that's my career in a nutshell."
Favre won that game with an improbable touchdown pass to Greg Lewis with 2 seconds left. It kept the Vikings unbeaten heading into Favre's first game against the Packers.
It's no wonder that Favre plans a free-wheeling approach to his induction speech for Saturday's Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement. His unscripted remarks should mirror the way he played.
"My speech will be much like the way I played; it will be, 'Who in the hell knows?'" Favre said.