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Favre Compares Unheralded Rams Quarterback Austin Davis To Brady, Warner

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Brett Favre has some high praise for young St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis. Davis, who was a walk-on in college and went undrafted in the 2012 NFL draft, is off to a solid start in his first year as a starting NFL quarterback, posting a 9-4 touchdown-interception ratio and a 94.3 quarterback rating in six games. Favre is impressed with what he sees.

“Austin can definitely play at this level,” Favre told ESPN’s Ed Werder.

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It’s worth noting that Davis and Favre both played at Southern Mississippi, so there may be a bit of a bias here. Favre seems genuine in his praise, though, and went out of his way to compare Davis to two NFL legends.

“Not to sound off my rocker, but [Davis] – in my mind – can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner. Brian Hoyer as well,” Favre said. “Austin, like those mentioned, just needed a legit opportunity.”

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Is Favre’s glowing appraisal premature? Yea, even though Davis has been very impressive this year. You can’t knock a guy for pulling for a fellow alum.

In related Favre news, the legendary gunslinger said he’d pick Peyton Manning over Tom Brady as his quarterback.

"Oh man. Tom has gotten it done lately with a lot less but … that's a toss-up. I'd have to go with Peyton I believe," Favre told CBS Sports’ Doug Gottlieb. "But you can't go wrong with either. Tom Brady, everyone's kind of written him off, and I think that's foolish to write him off. He's got a lot of good football left.”

Somewhere in a Massachusetts mansion, Tom Brady is shaking his head and counting his Super Bowl rings. Brady has won more titles than Manning and Favre combined, by the way.

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