Brett Favre is one of the best quarterbacks of all time – it comes as no surprise that his first year eligible he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Favre’s success in the NFL is to be applauded. His persistence and determination led him to have a tremendous professional career in which he set (and still holds) a number of NFL records.
Read below about his journey as quarterback during his college years and his 20 seasons in the NFL.
Brett Favre chose to play football for Southern Mississippi – the only school to offer him a scholarship. The school actually wanted him to play defensive back, but Favre wanted to play quarterback instead. Well, he got his wish. He started his freshman year as the seventh-string quarterback before earning a permanent starting position after leading his team to a come-from-behind victory against Tulane.
Favre played four seasons (1987-1990) for Southern Miss where he set school records in total yards, passing yards, plays, completions and touchdowns and ended his career among the top 30 of all-time NCAA passers.
In 1990, he was involved in a terrible car accident that left him with a concussion, lacerations and cracked vertebrae. His internal injuries caused him to have 30 inches of his small intestine surgically removed. However, he was able to return to action only six weeks later and led Southern Miss to an upset win over Alabama.
Favre led the Golden Eagles to an 8-3 season and was named MVP of the All-American Bowl despite losing to NC State. Following the season, he played in the East-West Shrine Game and won the MVP trophy as well.
Experience: 20 seasons
Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings
Accolades: 11-time Pro Bowler, 3-time First-Team All-Pro
Brett Favre was drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1991 NFL Draft. He only played two games that season and did not even complete a single pass. In the off-season, Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf traded his 1992 first-round draft pick for Favre.
Favre is most known for his success with the Green Bay Packers, where he played for 16 seasons and became the first NFL player to win three consecutive NFL most valuable player awards. He started every single game from September 20, 1992 to January 20, 2008 – 253 straight regular season games, 275 including the playoffs. He helped the Packers appear in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XXXI.
Favre announced his first retirement in 2008, but after two months, he reconsidered. He ended up being traded to the New York Jets, where he played for one season before experiencing a torn biceps tendon which led to his second retirement. Following this “retirement,” he had his shoulder surgically repaired and decided to try to return for the 2009 season.
He was picked up by the Minnesota Vikings where, at age 40, he led the Vikings to a 10-1 record in their first 11 games and then to the playoffs. During the season, he also defeated the Packers twice, including a four-touchdown performance. He finished the season with 4,202 passing yards and a career-high 107.2 passer rating.
Favre retired for a final time after his 2010 season with the Minnesota Vikings with virtually every major NFL career passing record. Although a couple have since been surpassed by Peyton Manning, his records included passing yards (71,838), pass completions (6,300), passing touchdowns (508) and most wins by a starting quarterback (186). The record he is most proud of is his consecutive start streak of 297 regular-season games.
Brett Favre finished his career with 508 touchdowns, 336 interceptions, 71,838 yards and an 86.0 passer rating. Now, he’s earned his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and will be enshrined in Canton in August 2016.
See Brett Favre Be Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
With an Official HOF Experiences ticket package, you can be there to see Brett Favre put on his Gold Jacket, unveil his bust and be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend is action-packed and some of the most fun you will ever have. Plus, you can see the Packers play the Colts in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. How perfect.
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