Brett Favre knows Derek Carr's pain.
In 2003, the then-Packers quarterback broke the thumb on his throwing hand during a game against St. Louis but continued to play.
This past Sunday, Carr dislocated the pinky on his right hand. After retreating to the locker room for a few minutes, he returned to the game with a glove on his hand and finished the game.
On Tuesday, Favre was asked about Carr's situation while appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
"The thing about Derek Carr. I saw the play. I saw how he played after that. What that does, you build over your career. There are players like Tom Brady, there's players like Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, those type of guys, over their journey, they put notches in their belt. Or other people put notches in their belt, that's what makes this guy so special. This is just one of the first few notches in the belt for Derek Carr.
What he did is admirable, but it's what a player who wants to be in the caliber of a Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, those types of guys. That's what you have to do, that's what you have to overcome and then you have to win those games. And he has done that.
Yeah, he's early in his career, but he has to start somewhere. And what he did is not easy. What he did is a decision. Had he decided to come out of that game, who would have said 'What a wimp?' No one. It's like playing with a broken thumb, if I would have decided not to play, everyone would have said 'Well, that's a no brainer. He's got a broken thumb on his throwing hand.' But when you decide to stay out there, to compete and not let that bother you, even though it does, the guys around, it's just a tremendous amount of respect that they have for you, the fans have for you, and quite frankly, opponents will have for you. You are just building the blocks to solidify yourself as a top-notch quarterback in this league for a long time."