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.
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.”
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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