Brett Favre: A Local Legend

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IOctober 25, 2008

Above is the quarterback that you now know as No. 4, but he used to wear No. 10 back when he played for the Hancock Hawks in Hancock County, MS.

Some call him the greatest quarterback to ever throw a football, but that's for history to decide.

Yes, it's Brett Favre, former Cheesehead and now New York star.

Brett Lorenzo Favre was born at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, MS on Oct. 10, 1969, just a few months after a devastating Hurricane Camille had laid waste to the Gulf Coast. He was the second of four children, three boys and a girl.

All of the boys played quarterback in high school and now the son of one of Brett's brothers, Dylan Favre is continuing the family tradition by breaking a lot of Mississippi passing records, including a few of his uncle's records.

On the Hancock Hawks, Favre played quarterback, lineman, punter, kicker, and safety. The coach of the team, Brett's dad, the late Irvin Favre (known as "Big Irv") knew that his son had a great arm, but he ran the "wishbone" offense which involves a lot of running.

If Brett threw the ball nine times a game, then "Big Irv" complained that the team was throwing the ball too much, so it's no surprise that Brett accepted a scholarship offer from Southern Mississippi to play defensive back.

He began his freshman year as the seventh-stringer and for those who know of Golden Eagles football, you know that the seventh-stringer hardly ever has a chance to play.

But Brett got his chance.

He took over the starting position on Sept. 19, 1987 against Tulane because of injuries to other quarterbacks. Brett had drank a little too much the night before and was suffering a hangover during the game, even vomiting during warmups.

Despite his "sickness," he of the cannon for an arm led the Golden Eagles to a comeback victory.

One of Favre's most memorable college games came against sixth-ranked Florida State. Favre threw a game-winning touchdown with 23 seconds remaining and the Golden Eagles pulled an upset, one of the many times that they would do it with Favre behind center.

Before his senior year of college, Favre was hoping for a Heisman-type year, a year that would propel him into the NFL, but on July 14, 1990, Favre was coming back from a day of fishing, with his brother following in another car. He took a corner near his parent's house too fast and rolled his car three times.

His brother broke the car window with a golf club and Favre was headed for the hospital in an ambulance shortly thereafter. Brett kept asking his mother, Bonita if he would ever be able to play football again. Doctors soon removed 30 inches of his small intestines.

Six weeks after the accident, Brett led the Golden Eagles to an upset victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide—it was typical Brett Favre football.

Brett earned a degree in teaching with an emphasis on special education and was soon headed for the NFL.

The Atlanta Falcons drafted Favre with the 33rd pick in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft. Favre's family loved the selection because they were glad they he would be close to his hometown of Kiln, MS.

Favre and Atlanta head coach Jerry Glanville did not get along to say the least and during the following offseason, Favre was traded to the Green Bay Packers for running back Tony Smith, who had also played at Southern Miss.

During the physical exam after the trade, doctors discovered that Favre had avascular necrosis, a disease resulting from the temporary or permanent loss of the blood supply to the bones. The doctors recommended that Favre be failed, but Green Bay General Manager Ron Wolfe overruled them. It was maybe one of the best decisions that Wolfe had ever made.

Favre started his first game for the Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which the Packers won 17-3. Favre then started every game for the Green Bay Packers (excluding preseason games) to the 2008 NFC Championship Game in which the Packers lost to the eventual Super Bowl winners, the New York Giants.

Favre announced on Mar. 4, 2008 that he was finally retiring. Green Bay then geared up for what they hoped would be the Aaron Rodgers era, but Favre announced later in the year that he would like the play football again.

After a long period of Favre and the Packers going back and forth at one another, Favre was traded to the New York Jets.

You're probably tired of hearing the story of the trade and stuff so I won't go into details, and the rest is history.