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03/20/05

Friends & Family Organizing Bass Tournament In Honor Of Irvin Favre

More than a year after his death, family and friends are honoring the life of Irvin Favre.

The long time South Mississippi football coach and father of NFL quarterback Brett Favre died of a heart attack back in December of 2003.

Now one of his former high school players is organizing an event in his memory while helping out a good cause at the same time.

Willie Santiago remembers playing high school football under Irvin Favre as some of the best days of his life.

"We continued being friends after high school and everything," said Willie Santiago.

"We went fishing and we sort of bonded then. He impacted my life by working hard to get what you want and never give up. Just go for it. Just being around him I always felt that way," he added.

When Santiago approached his brother about organizing a bass fishing tournament honoring the late Favre, Richie Santiago agreed to help.

"My brother put my cell phone as a contact number so it's been ringing off the hook. A lot of people calling asking questions about when it is going be, where, all that good stuff and what it's going benefit," Richie Santiago said.

The Santiagos say since Irvin Favre was as man who spent years touching young lives both on and off the football field so it seems right that money raised in his honor should help young people.

"At the Boys and Girls Club we have 150 kids," said Richie Santiago.

"Kids in Coach Irvin and his wife's life was everything so even after they'd long retired they were still benefiting a lot of kids," he added.

From organizing the silent auction to drumming up volunteers, Irvin Favre's family is doing what they can to make the event a success.

"I think he would be flattered," said Irvin Favre's son Jeff.

"I think he would be very happy that we're doing this. I don't think he would want to make a big deal out of it knowing him, but I believe he would want us to do it and raise money for the cause. That being said there is no doubt he would support it 100 percent and want us to push forward," Favre said.

"I'm really proud to do it you know," said Willie Santiago. "Being his best friend and everything, it means a lot to me."

The Irvin Favre Bass Fishing Tournament is scheduled for April 2nd in Hancock County.

For details call 228-216-5403.

By Danielle Thomas

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