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Part One: Favre "4" Ever


Brett Favre was relaxed as we discussed his brilliant NFL career including 16 years in Green Bay.

The Favre journey to Green Bay began at Hancock North Central High School in the1980s. Favre's dad, Irvin, was the head coach of the Hawks, a team that relied on a solid running game.

When Favre did drop back to pass, you could see his ability to break away from the rush and the God-given talent to rifle the football.

"I always felt like from day one as a little kid that at least my arm was different then others, "stated Favre.  " I couldn't say that I taller, I couldn't say I was faster, couldn't say I was stronger and you covered me from day one, nothing really stood out then arm strength, I would say."

Favre received the final scholarship Southern Miss had to offer and that's where the legend began.  He arrived in Hattiesburg as a defensive back and later became the seventh-string quarterback.  During the second half of the third game of his freshman season in 1987, Favre's number was called and No. 4 guided the Golden Eagles past the Tulane Green Wave.

Atlanta selected Favre in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft, the 33rd overall player.  A year later Green Bay traded their 1992 Number One draft pick to Atlanta for Number 4, Brett Favre.

In 16 years with the Packers, he became the only player in NFL history to be named Associated Press MVP for three consecutive seasons.  He also led Green Bay to the Super Bowl XXXI championship in New Orleans.

Favre became a Packers fan favorite, "until" he signed on with the Jets in 2008 and the Vikings in 2009.

On Saturday, the friction between Green Bay and Favre officially ends.

Favre said, "It's only fitting.  It was a matter of time before they and myself mended that gap that has been a thorn in the side for a few years.  I think if there were any doubts on anybody's mind on whether or not this make-up is going to happen all you have to do is look at ticket sales.  An hour-and-a-half after they put the tickets on sale for the Hall of Fame Induction, they sell out 67,000 or 70,000 people.  I have to admit I was blown away.  I had goose bumps."

Packers fans will always remember the excitement Favre generated when he hit the playing field.  Brett gave his all.

"Sixteen years in Green Bay is what anyone down the road, if not now, will remember me when they think of my career, "said Favre.  "That's because, that's really home.  Home away from home.  That's where I made my name.  That's where I had the most success. 

Tomorrow on Part II of "Favre 4 Ever"...Brett will discuss the impact his dad had on his football career and he will have valuable advice on how to succeed in life."

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