A Living Legend
“Brett Favre is one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of professional football. You are judged by winning, and he’s won more games than any other quarterback who has ever played. But I will remember him just as well for being such a fierce competitor and outstanding leader. He was the face of the Packers and a great credit to our game. It was an honor to coach against him.”(Mike Shanahan, Denver Broncos Head Coach) Brett’s passion for the game, and winning history, together earned him the respect of the entire football nation. I am going to give you a summary of this incredible athlete’s life, covering both the ups and downs of his bumpy road to success. I am using factual information, personal opinions, as well as what some of the coaches and players Brett has been around have said about him. Brett has had nothing handed to him both on and off the field, making him who he is today, a living legend.
Brett Favre was born in Gulfport Mississippi on October 10th, 1969. He grew up in the town of Kiln Mississippi, a town that did not have a single paved road or stop light. His father Irvin Favre and mother Bonita Favre raised to be the iron man he is today. His durability and ability to overcome injury started at an early age. Four year old Brett was standing on deck at his tee ball game, when he was struck in the head with a baseball bat. Brett had a big egg on his head and was quoted “If I cried, it was because I figured that’s what I was supposed to do. I used to cry when my old man would give me a whopping. It didn’t hurt, but I didn’t want to get another one. I would cry to fool people.” The thing about this incident was Brett didn’t cry. “The doctor said it hurt the woman who took him to the hospital more than it hurt Brett,” stated Irvin Favre. Brett stuck with baseball and earned five varsity letters, starting as an eighth grader.
Brett was coached in both baseball and football by his father Irvin Favre. Irvin was nothing close to sympathetic to his son when it came to sports. Brett played on varsity for three years at Hancock High. His father ran the option offense because of the great running backs the school had. This did not give Brett many opportunities to throw the ball, scoring most of his touchdowns on the ground. Brett averaged only five throwing attempts in his three seasons playing varsity football. In fact, nobody really knew Brett could throw the ball the way he could. Brett’s “iron man” mentality started early in his career, having played special teams, punter, place kicker, strong safety, and the obvious quarterback position he conquers today.
Because Brett never had to throw the ball in high school, scouts were not exactly interested in recruiting him. His Father Irvin had to push scouts to even come to the games. The University of Southern Mississippi was the only division one football program to offer Favre a scholarship. Brett accepted, even though the coach had plans for Brett to take reps at strong safety. Brett entered his freshman year as the seventh spring quarterback. He got noticed taking reps with the scout team every day. Brett knew that he was unlikely to play on game days, so he and his roommate were known to party the night before games. In the third game of his freshman year, Brett was called upon to enter the game in the second half against Tulane. Brett had already threw-up in pre game warm-ups from the night before. The majority of that half he played, he was awful. It wasn’t until late in the game when Brett took his team the length of the field throwing the game winning touchdown pass. He became the full time starter for the remainder of his career at Southern Mississippi.
After outstanding sophomore and junior years, Brett headed into his senior year as a Heisman candidate. That idea almost came to a crashing halt coming home one afternoon. On July 14th, 1990, less than a...