It was pointed out to me yesterday that my referring to the Vikings as “flailing” or “imploding” or “floundering” might operate as some kind of a jinx on the Redskins. So, as I prepare to write some more about Brett Favre chucking interceptions like it’s his mission in life, let me take a second to point out that this Vikings team is coming off a hugely successful year. In 2009, Favre had the kind of year that helped make him a household name — 4,202 yards, 33 touchdowns, 7 interceptions — and he led the Vikings to overtime of the NFC Championship Game.
Of course, he also pretty much singlehandedly LOST that NFC title game by throwing an atrocious across-his-body interception in the fourth quarter that ensured that the Vikings couldn’t win in regulation; Minnesota never touched the ball in overtime. So even a truly great season for Brett Favre ended on a game in which he threw two interceptions — appropriate, since his first regular season NFL action came in a game in which he went 0-for-4 with, yes, two interceptions in garbage time duty.
Favre’s team at the time was the Atlanta Falcons, and the 1991 Washington Redskins were the team that was beating the Falcons badly enough to get the rookie into the game. Favre’s first NFL pass, in fact, went to Redskins linebacker Andre Collins, who took it back for the final touchdown of a 56 point day for the Redskins. The play didn’t get all that much attention at the time — it was the last score in a huge blowout, and Favre was several years, one Farrelly Brothers movie, and one trade away from becoming the beloved gunslinger and the Nation’s Quarterback — but it turns up by sheer coincidence in the introduction to “March To Minneapolis,” the Redskins’ 1991 yearbook.
So here it is: Brett Favre’s first NFL pass, first NFL interception, and first NFL pick-six, all in one:
Here’s what Richard Justice wrote about the play for a sidebar in the following day’s Washington Post, including Andre Collins’ description of what happened. (Yes, Brett Favre’s first NFL interception rated just a sidebar.)
Andre Collins finished the scoring for the Redskins with his second career interception and first touchdown. It came with 52 seconds remaining when he stepped in front of receiver Mike Pritchard and intercepted a Brett Favre pass at the 15. Pritchard had tipped the ball to him. Collins tipped it himself, then pulled out of Pritchard’s grasp to score.
“My guy went shallow and I broke toward him,” Collins said. “I think I was lucky. He tipped it once and I tipped it six more times. It’s funny. I was wondering the other day why I never got a tipped ball. When I got in the end zone, I had no idea what I was doing. Wilber [Marshall] saved the ball for me. I’d just thrown it somewhere. He was out there playing with a little sense.”
Hopefully we’ll see a few more of those on Sunday, when Favre and the mighty Vikings come to FexExField.
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