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05/08/04

South Mississippi Honors Native Son Brett Favre

History was made in Hancock County Saturday. Hancock High School honors the school's most famous graduate, NFL Green Bay Quarter Back Brett Favre.

It was a day Favre is likely to remember for the rest of his life.

"I know I speak for everybody in Hancock County when we say we're proud to say Brett Favre is one of our own," said Hancock County Supervisor Jay Cuevas.

Local dignitaries recognized the NFL superstar with a special day.

Cuevas told a crowd gathered at the event.

" The Board of Supervisors declare May 8th 2004 as Brett Favre Day in Hancock County Mississippi to honor 3 time NFL Green Bay Quarter Back as our legend from Mississippi. There's no good way to measure the impact Brett has had on Hancock County especially Kiln Mississippi we see tourists there year round taking pictures and patronizing our area stores," said Cueavas. 

Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo also handed over a symbolic key to the city.

"From our humble Hancock County fields to the mystic of Lambo Field your physical and mental toughness and commitment to God and family commitment to time and resources to a grateful community," said Longo.

The ceremony brought out many of Farve's former coaches, from his high School, Professional and college days.

"No single player has ever brought more national attention and notoriety to the school than Brett and many of the accomplishments and successes that we enjoy at Southern Mississippi can be traced back to the foundation he helped lay when he was a Golden Eagle," said University of Southern Mississippi Head Football coach Jeff Bower.

"This pinnacle event today is the culmination of a lifetime of work on the part of Ervin and all the coaches and players who've been a part of Hancock football Brett with all his accomplishments has made it possible for us to celebrate this day," said Hancock County High School Football Coach Rocky Gaudin.

A humble Favre seemed a little embarrassed by the special treatment and attention.

"As wonderful as this day is I'm very humbled by it. Cause I've always felt like I'm not any better than the next guy . I never wanted to be put on a pedestal all I ever wanted to do is play football," Favre said.

The people who honored him Saturday said thanks for playing so well and sharing his success with the community.

During the ceremony the Hancock High School Football Field was named after Favre and a 12 and a half foot tall, 400 pound life size bronze statue of Favre was also unveiled.

ABC's Good Morning America News Anchor and former WLOX TV Sports Anchor Robin Roberts traveled from New York City to emcee the event.

By: Al Showers 

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