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Brett Favre

Brett Favre

Team Number: 4
Birth Date: 10/10/1969
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 222lbs.
Position: Quarterback
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Brett Lorenzo Favre was born on October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi. Favre was the second of four children and attended Hancock North Central High School where he played baseball and football. After high school, Southern Mississippi offered Brett Favre a scholarship. Favre began his freshman year as the seventh string quarterback and took over the starting position in the second half of the third game. Favre, despite suffering a hangover and vomiting during warm-ups, led the Golden Eagles to a victory with two touchdown passes. In his junior season, Brett Favre led the Golden Eagles to an upset of Florida State Seminoles on September 2, 1989.

On July 14, 1990, before the start of Brett Favre’s senior year of college, he was involved in a near fatal car accident. Favre lost control of his car which flipped three times and came to rest against a tree. Doctors would remove 30 inches of his small intestine. Six weeks after this accident Brett Favre led Southern Miss to a comeback victory over Alabama. Alabama coach Gene Stallings said, “You can call it a miracle or a legend or whatever you want to. I just know that on that day Brett Favre was larger than life.” Favre continues to hold various Southern Miss football records including; most plays, most total yards gained, most passing yards gained, most completions made, most passing attempts made, and most touchdowns scored. Favre earned a teaching degree with an emphasis in special education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Brett Favre was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round, 33rd overall in the 1991 NFL Draft. Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville did not approve of the drafting of Brett Favre. The Green Bay Packers general manager, Ron Wolf, traded a first round pick for Brett Favre during the following offseason. During the physical after the trade Brett Favre was diagnosed with a vascular necrosis, the same degenerative hip condition that ended Bo Jackson’s career, doctors recommended he be failed but Wolf overruled them. On his first regular season play as a Green Bay Packer in 1992 Brett Favre threw a pass that was deflected and caught by him. Favre was tackled and the completion went for -7 yards, the Packers lost the game 31-3. In his third Packers game, Brett Favre fumbled four times and the fans were not happy. Down 23-17 with 1:07 left Farve completed a 42 yard pass to Sterling Sharpe. Three plays later, Favre threw the game winning touchdown pass to Kitrick Taylor with 13 seconds remaining.

Brett Favre helped put together a six game winning streak for the Green Bay Packers the longest winning streak for the Packers football team since 1965.

Brett Favre led the Green Bay Packers to their best season in 30 years in the 1996 season, winning his second consecutive MVP award. In Super Bowl XXXI, Favre completed 14 of 27 passes for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns. Green Bay won the Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots. During the next season Brett Favre was named the AP co-MVP along with running back Barry Sanders. Green Bay also advanced to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row.

On March 1, 2001 Brett Favre signed a “lifetime” contract extension with the Green Bay Packers, which technically was a 10 year Packer contract extension, worth around $100 million dollars. Also in 2001, Brett Farve was the target of a minor NFL controversy. Favre was sacked by the New York Giants defensive end Michal Strahn during the final season game. The sack gave Strahan the NFL’s single season sack record of 22.5. Some analysts expressed opinion that Brett Favre allowed himself to be sacked in order to allow Michael Strahan to set the record.

On December 21, 2003 Brett Favre’s father died of a sudden heart attack. On December 22, 2003 Brett had one of the defining moments of his career and arguably his greatest game ever against the Oakland Raiders. He passed for four touchdowns in the first half and 399 total yards in a 41-7 victory over the Raiders. Farve said, “I knew that my dad would have wanted me to play. I love him so much and I love this game. It’s meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family, and I didn’t expect this kind of performance. But I know he was watching tonight.”

In 2005 despite throwing over 3,000 yards for a record 14th consecutive time, Brett Favre had a below average Packers season with only 20 touchdown passes and a league-leading 29 interceptions. His passer rating was 70.9, 31st in the NFL and the worst single season rating of his career. In 2006, Brett Favre had his first career shutout against the Chicago Bears. Later in the season, the New England Patriots, shut out the Packer football team in a game where Brett was injured before half time and could not complete the game. But, not the entire NFL season was bad for Favre. On September 24, 2006 Brett Favre became just the second quarterback in NFL history to record 400 touchdown passes. He also became the first player to ever complete 5,000 passes in a career.

On September 16, 2007 Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants to give Favre his record setting 149th win. On September 30th, Brett Favre threw a touchdown pass to Greg Jennings against the Minnesota Vikings. This was his 421st NFL touchdown pass which also set a new all time record. On November 4, 2007, after the Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs Brett Farve became the 3rd quarterback to have defeated all 31 current NFL teams.

On March 4, 2008 Brett Favre formally announced his retirement. At his press conference Favre openly wept about leaving the NFL. On July 11, 2008 Brett Favre sent a letter to the Green Bay Packers front office asking for his unconditional release to allow him to play for another NFL team.

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