No. 3 Brett Favre (Quarterback): Green Bay Packers
Favre saddened and shocked cheeseheads everywhere when he announced his retirement on March 4th, following one of his most successful seasons. Although some claim that Favre’s departure was not a critical loss because of replacement Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers were no where to be found after week 17, finishing 6-10. In his last year with Green Bay, Favre started all 16 games and led the Pack to a 13-3 season and the NFC championship game. During his career at Green Bay, Favre started 253 consecutive regular-season games, the second most in NFL history. He also led the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XXXI, played in 9 Pro Bowls and was named the Associated Press’s MVP 3 times. He holds NFL records for completions (5,377), yards (61,655), touchdown passes (442), and most wins as a starting quarterback (160). Not only did the Packers lose a great player, the state of Wisconsin lost a beloved and iconic figure to a competitor, the New York Jets.