After a year of waiting on the bench, Favre was finally given an opportunity by the Green Bay Packers. An injury to the team’s starting quarterback Don Majkowski thrust him into action.
This is the story of a small town boy from Kiln, Mississippi who became a legend in the NFL.
How He Got Started
One of the most impressive things about Brett Favre is how he got started in the NFL. He began his career as a backup for the Green Bay Packers.
Back in the summer of 1987, the team’s head coach Bob Carmody was not sold on his starter, Ailrick Young. During practice, Carmody gave Favre reps at quarterback and he immediately turned heads.
The New York Jets’ general manager, Ron Wolf, was in attendance and loved what he saw. He made a leap of faith and traded for Favre. He went on to become the best quarterback in the league. He also helped the Packers win two Super Bowls. Favre is a true legend. But his story has not been without its ups and downs.
In high school, Favre was a two-sport athlete and could play quarterback, lineman, strong safety and place-kicker. He was good enough to earn a scholarship to Southern Mississippi University.
He began his career with the Green Bay Packers and was a force to be reckoned with. He was one of the most durable quarterbacks in NFL history and had a mystique around him that made his opponents fear playing against him. The colder it got during the season, the more he seemed to dominate.
His wife Deanna and daughter Brittany were the most important things in his life. He even started a foundation for them, which gives money to agencies that provide assistance to children with disabilities and breast cancer survivors. They are still together, despite the fact that he kept threatening to retire and then un-retire.
The Hard Times
Despite his success, Brett Favre never got caught up in the drama that has plagued so many other professional athletes. He always maintained the humble southern boy persona off the field and avoided showing off or getting into trouble.
But he did experience some hard times during his career. He was known to take pain killers in order to continue playing when most players would stop. But this became a problem and led to his addiction to Vicodin.
He also dealt with a number of injuries during his time with the Green Bay Packers. But he always found a way to come back and play the game. In the end, he was considered one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.
The Good Times
When it comes to putting a positive spin on a bad situation, there are few people better than Brett Favre. He has always been one of the most coachable players in the league. He never acted like he knew more than his coaches, and he rarely complained or bad mouthed them when the cameras were rolling.
The Green Bay Packers fans loved him, and he also became a favorite amongst his teammates. He was a great locker room guy, and his lighthearted humor and playful spirit made him fun to be around. Even in the worst of times, he would always play for his team. For instance, on the day after his father died, he still played in the game because his dad would want that.
In the end, it was home that brought Favre back to Mississippi. He and his family settled into a beautiful home on a river in the town of Sumrall. This is a place where he can be himself and enjoy the same things he enjoyed as a child: hunting, fishing, and football.
The book also discusses the relationship between Favre and his father, Big Irv, who was a strict disciplinarian and instilled in his sons a brand of mental and physical toughness that served them well on the field. It is a story of a man whose legacy transcended one team.
The highlight of Favre’s career came when the Packers played the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, which was only an hour away from Kiln. This was a game he trained his entire life for.