Brett Favre grew up in the Kiln. He had dreams of playing pro football and proved he had the talent to make it to the NFL during his days at Southern Miss.'
As a young man, Favre was gifted and while he didn't throw the football much at Hancock North Central High School, when he did, he displayed a rocket arm and the ability to avoid the rush.
His dad, Irvin, was the head coach and relied mostly on a running attack. Favre received a couple of scholarship offers mainly from Southern Miss and Tulane. He was being recruited as a defensive back.
Southern Miss gave Brett a late scholarship offer and the rest is history.
After two other quarterbacks failed to get the Golden Eagles offense in gear during the first game of his freshman season, Southern Miss head coach Jim Carmody called on Number 4 and he rallied the Golden Eagles to victory over Tulane.
He would enjoy a stellar career in Hattiesburg but wasn't drafted until the second round, the first pick of the second round by Atlanta in the 1991 NFL Draft. Favre told WLOX on draft day that he would out do the first two quarterbacks taken in the first round and he did just that.
Dan McGwire of San Diego State was drafted in the first round by Seattle and Southern Cal quarterback Todd Marinovich was picked by Oakland. Neither one of those quarterbacks did much in the NFL.
After one season in Atlanta, Green Bay traded for Favre and Brett lived up to his predictions on draft day. He told WLOX that while he would become an All-Pro quarterback.
On Monday at 1:30 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Favre and the Packers will announce that Brett will be inducted into the Green Bay Hall of Fame in the summer of 2015 and his jersey N0. 4 will be retired.
In a statement released by Favre, he said,"It was a tremendous honor to play 16 years for the Green Bay Packers. Now to have my name placed among others such as Starr, Hornung, Kramer, Taylor, Lambeau, Nitschke, Lombardi, Davis, White and Hutson is a special honor that I share with all my teammates and coaches, and that would not have been possible but for the foresight of Ron Wolf, the greatest GM in the history of the NFL."
Favre guided Green Bay to the 1997 Super Bowl title, a win over New England in the Superdome in New Orleans. He was only 27-years-old at the time.
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