Brett Favre
American football player, quarterback
Brett Favre
Brett Lorenzo Favre is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He was a 20-year veteran of the NFL, having played quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.
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Dakota Pipeline Protesters Dangle From Rafters At Vikings' Game
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Spectators at a Minneapolis Vikings football game were treated to an unexpected aerial act when a pair of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters hung from the rafters to unfurl a banner reading: “Divest.” The message was for U.S. Bank ― sponsor of the Vikings’ U.S. Bank Stadium ― which pipeline opponents accuse of being a key financial backer of the controversial project. The two unfurled the banner in the second quarter and were busted when they touched back down to earth at the end of the game, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. The football action continued without interruption, even as the two protesters — one wearing a Brett Favre Vikings jersey — dangled from the rafters. The banner, which included the U.S. Bank logo and “#NoDAPL,” hung over the crowd for the rest of the game. Fans, however, were cleared from eight rows of seats beneath the protesters as a precaution. As the protesters dangled in the air, organizers of the action sent a release to news outlets quot ...
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Minneapolis protesters who hung banner charged with trespassing
ABC News - about 2 months
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two protesters were charged with trespassing following the Minnesota Vikings- Chicago Bears game at U.S. Bank Stadium, after they unfurled a banner from the stadium's rafters protesting U.S. Bank's involvement with the Dakota Access Pipeline. The fans, who had safety ropes and climbing gear, dangled from the rafters on the stadium's east side throughout the Vikings' 38-10 win. Play was not interrupted, and Minneapolis police spokesman Corey Schmidt said a Hennepin County Medical Center doctor found both protesters to be medically sound after hanging from the rafters for most of the game. No one was harmed as a result of the incident, Schmidt said. Further charges are pending the results of an investigation. The banner read "Divest #NoDAPL" with the U.S. Bank logo above, as the protesters were suspended in the air above Section 120 and one protester in a No. 4 Brett Favre Vikings jersey shimmied down the banner. Six rows. ...
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22 places we wrote down our tweets while Twitter was down
Yahoo News - 4 months
It's been a rough day on the web, and we've had tons of feelings about it.  Feelings that we wish we could express on Twitter, but in an ironic twist of fate, we weren't able to tweet any of them.  So, while we waited, here are all of the places we wrote down our tweets to store them for when Twitter returned. Hopefully, we can remember where they all are when (IF???) Twitter returns.  SEE ALSO: Sites across the internet suffer outage after cyberattack We wrote some really, truly magnificent tweets... 1. In lipstick on a mirror 2. On a headshot as an autograph 3. On an old scroll 4. On an Etch A Sketch 5. With letters cut out from magazines then glued down onto a sheet of paper 6. On Facebook 7. On a napkin stained with pizza grease 8. On Brett Favre’s back 9. Really tiny on a grain of rice 10. On a mural on your bedroom wall 11. On a Starbucks cup but every word spelled wrong 12. Embroidered onto a doily with an embroidery hoop 13. On poster board and then presented to our crush at th ...
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Favre headlines NFL Hall of Fame class of 2016
Yahoo News - 7 months
The Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomed eight new members in an emotional ceremony featuring a quarterback that played for two decades and the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl. Quarterback Brett Favre, an NFL MVP three straight years beginning in 1995 and a Super Bowl winner, played 20 seasons and 302 games with four teams -- the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.
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Brett Favre has an unexpected prediction for his Hall of Fame speech
Fox News - 7 months
'Who the hell knows (what's going to happen)?'
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Brett Favre's Rocky Start Almost Derailed Legendary Football Career
NPR - 7 months
On Saturday, Brett Favre will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A Super Bowl winner and three-time MVP, Favre's professional career started off a bit rocky. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Rob Demovsky of about Favre's beginnings.
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Brett Favre says Raiders QB Derek Carr is 'more polished' than he was
Fox News - 8 months
Favre responded to the comparison by giving the young quarterback a big compliment.
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Brett Favre, Marvin Harrison head 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class -
Google News - about 1 year Brett Favre, Marvin Harrison head 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class SAN FRANCISCO -- The 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was announced on Saturday night at NFL Honors and was headlined by Brett Favre waltzing into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The latest from SportsLine ... Top Stats to Know: Favre, Dungy lead new class of Hall of FamersESPN (blog) Orlando Pace, Kevin Greene will enter Hall of Brett Favre: Pro Football Hall of FamerScout Washington Post -The Boston Globe -Atlanta Journal Constitution all 510 news articles »
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Is this Peyton Manning's best defense ever?
ABC News - about 1 year
Peyton Manning's nine touchdown passes and 17 interceptions this season have Hall of Fame company. Johnny Unitas put up the same totals over his final 14 starts. Dan Marino had nine scoring passes with 15 picks in his final nine starts. Brett Favre went out with 10 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in his final dozen starts. While there's nothing new about future Hall of Famers going out with statistical whimpers, most of the greats have not had championship-caliber defenses on their side to ease them into retirement. Manning does, which explains why the 39-year-old quarterback stands one victory away from the Super Bowl. Denver's defense allowed the Broncos to earn the AFC's top playoff seed with a 12-4 record even though the team ranked 25th in Total QBR (46.7) and 31st in passer rating (76.3). Those were NFL lows within the 12-team playoff field. Manning has never needed a defense as much as he needs this Broncos unit, but he had some very good. ...
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Favre Among Finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame
NYTimes - about 1 year
Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre is among the 15 modern era finalists under consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was announced on Thursday.
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Brett Favre scares Fallon with wild throws
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
“What You Missed”: Football legend, Brett Favre, scared the crap out of Fallon when they played a little game of Throw Down on “The Tonight Show”. Jimmy threw plates in the air as Brett tried to hit them with a football, although Favre wasn’t known to be the most accurate quarterback, so Jimmy was a
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Win at Lambeau changes expectations for Bears
Chicago Times - about 1 year
The Bears are surging as they enter December, pushing their way into the periphery of the NFC playoff picture with three wins in their last four games. Their greatest leap forward — Thursday’s 17-13 win over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, in the rain, on Brett Favre tribute night — offered...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brett Favre
  • 2016
    Age 46
    Brett's nephew Dylan Favre plays quarterback for Cedar Rapids of the Indoor Football League, having joined the Titans in 2016 after playing in college at Mississippi State, Pearl River Community College and the University of Tennessee-Martin.
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    On February 6, 2016, Favre was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2016.
    More Details Hide Details He has also been honored by several organizations including Men's Health Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Make a Wish Foundation, and United States Sports Academy. Favre owns several NFL records including: He owns a number of team records, including having printed his name into almost every passing category in the annals of Green Bay Packers history. He is the holder of several firsts in NFL history, including the only quarterback to win three consecutive NFL most valuable player awards and the only quarterback to win a playoff game over age 40. He also set a number of college records with Southern Mississippi. Since first being named the starter of the Green Bay Packers before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 27, 1992, Brett Favre had never missed a game spanning over 18 consecutive seasons. He holds the record for the most consecutive starts by any player in the NFL with 297 (321 including playoffs), and is one of eight quarterbacks to have started 100 consecutive games in NFL history. Favre has stated that of all the records he set, he is most proud of the consecutive starts accomplishment.
  • 2015
    Age 45
    Favre was inducted by the Green Bay Packers into the team Hall of Fame in July 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 44
    Prior to the Mississippi runoff election on June 24, 2014, Favre endorsed the incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran in his race against State Senator Chris McDaniel, a "tea party" favorite.
    More Details Hide Details In 1996, Favre was temporarily banned by the NFL from drinking alcohol after he admitted he was addicted to Vicodin and spent 46 days at a drug rehab clinic before the start of the season. His condition was serious enough that he suffered a potentially deadly seizure.
    In May 2014, it was announced that Favre would continue to help out at Oak Grove, but would no longer be offensive coordinator.
    More Details Hide Details Favre established the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation in 1996. In conjunction with his annual golf tournament, celebrity softball game and fundraising dinners, the foundation has donated more than $2 million to charities in his home state of Mississippi as well as to those in his adopted state of Wisconsin. Favre is involved with youth that are ill. Favre was awarded the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award from the Make a Wish Foundation. He is also known to respond to requests made to his foundation regarding youth with serious illnesses such as cancer. In 1999, Favre worked with NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett to operate Jarrett/Favre Motorsports in the Busch Series, which lasted two seasons. The Favre family owns and operates the Brett Favre's Steakhouse, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • 2013
    Age 43
    In 2013, Favre joined the Board of Directors of Sqor, a sport social media platform.
    More Details Hide Details Favre's role includes product ambassador, sports insights and advising Sqor on business interests with teams, leagues and sports conferences.
    In December 2013, with Favre still serving as the offensive coordinator, Oak Grove High School won the Class 6A Mississippi high school state championship.
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  • 2012
    Age 42
    In 2012, Favre became the offensive coordinator for Oak Grove High School.
    More Details Hide Details Favre won his first game as a coach by a score of 64–6.
  • 2011
    Age 41
    Favre was the analyst for his alma mater, Southern Miss, when they played the Rice Owls on October 1, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He later joined NFL Network for pregame coverage of Super Bowl XLVII. It has also been reported that Favre has turned down repeated offers from NFL Network to become an on-air analyst. Favre has received several awards including:
    On January 17, 2011, Favre officially filed his retirement papers with the NFL.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, Favre was asked to consider returning to the NFL to play for the injury-plagued St. Louis Rams. He turned down the offer, telling WSPZ radio in Washington, D.C. that he has suffered memory loss and that he feared it was related to the multiple concussions he suffered throughout his career. He was previously asked in a 2009 interview with NBC how many times he had played with a concussion that with the new standards would have resulted in him sitting out. 'A lot.', he replied.
    On January 2, 2011, Favre was unable to play against the Detroit Lions in the final game of the regular NFL season due to his inability to pass NFL-mandated post-concussion tests.
    More Details Hide Details In a press conference immediately following the game, Favre announced his intention to retire from professional football.
  • 2010
    Age 40
    In 2010, the NFL investigated Favre for allegedly sexting and leaving inappropriate voice messages for Jets "Gameday host" Jenn Sterger during the 2008 season.
    More Details Hide Details According to the NFL, forensic analysis failed to prove Favre sent the objectionable photographs to Sterger. Favre was found not to be in violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy, but was fined $50,000 for failing to cooperate with the investigation.
    On December 13, 2010, due to his sprained shoulder, Brett Favre was marked inactive for the game against the New York Giants ending his consecutive regular season start streak at 297.
    More Details Hide Details Favre started a total of 321 games including post-season appearances. On December 20, 2010 while playing the Chicago Bears outside at TCF Bank Stadium due to the collapse of the roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Favre sustained a concussion after being sacked by Bears defensive end Corey Wootton. This would be his final appearance in an NFL game.
    On December 5, 2010, in a game against the Buffalo Bills, Favre was hit by Bills linebacker Arthur Moats while making a throw, causing him to sustain a sprain of the AC joint in his right shoulder.
    More Details Hide Details Favre missed the rest of the game and was replaced by Tarvaris Jackson who led the Vikings to victory despite throwing three interceptions.
    On November 7, 2010, in a game against the Arizona Cardinals, Favre threw for a career high 446 yards while rallying the Vikings from a 14-point 4th quarter deficit to win in overtime.
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    An announcement was given on August 17, 2010 confirming his return to the team.
    More Details Hide Details That season, Brett Favre achieved two milestones. He threw for his 500th touchdown and 70,000th yard against the New York Jets.
    On August 3, 2010, NBC Sports reported the confirmation of Brett Favre returning to the Minnesota Vikings but saying that the 2010 season would be his final season.
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  • 2009
    Age 39
    Favre officially signed with the Minnesota Vikings on August 18, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He would go on to have a landmark season in which he surpassed former Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall for consecutive starts at one position, with 291, became the first quarterback in NFL history to defeat every one of the league's 32 franchises since the NFL first expanded to 32 franchises in 2002, surpassed Dan Marino's previous record for four-touchdown games, and was named to his 11th Pro Bowl. The Vikings finished 12-4 and advanced to the NFC Championship game, ultimately losing in overtime to the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. Despite the loss, Favre set playoff records for pass completions and passing yards previously held by Joe Montana.
    In September 2009, Favre again made Jets news, as the NFL learned that the Jets were aware that Favre injured his arm in the eleventh game of the 2008 season, and fined the Jets $125,000 for not reporting the injury in any of the Jets' five final games.
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    By May 2009, he was officially cut from the Jets Reserve/Retired list.
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    He remained property of the New York Jets organization, until April 28, 2009, when the Jets released Favre from his contract, thus allowing him to sign anywhere he wanted.
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    On February 11, 2009, Favre informed the Jets that he was retiring after 18 seasons.
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  • 2008
    Age 38
    After the 2008 season had ended, in mid January 2009, Favre told Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, "it may be time to look in a different direction" regarding the quarterback position.
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    Favre had complained of shoulder pain and had an MRI performed on December 29, 2008, which revealed a torn biceps tendon in his right shoulder.
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    Favre's season with the Jets started well; in week four of the 2008 season, he threw six touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals, a personal best and one fewer than the NFL record.
    More Details Hide Details This performance led to him being selected as the FedEx Air Player of the Week. By Week 12, the Jets had compiled an 8–3 record, including a win over the previously undefeated Tennessee Titans. However, the Jets lost four of the last five games of the season, including the final game against the Miami Dolphins, who had acquired Chad Pennington after he was released from the Jets to make room for Favre. In those five games, Favre threw eight interceptions and only two touchdown passes, bringing his season total to twenty-two of each.
    After negotiations with both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets, the Packers traded Favre to the Jets on August 7, 2008, in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2009 draft with performance escalation.
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    The Packers had announced plans to retire Favre's No. 4 jersey in the 2008 season opener.
    More Details Hide Details Those plans were dropped when he announced plans to return to the NFL. In March 2009, the Packers indicated that the team still intends to retire Favre's number, but due to the circumstances surrounding his departure from the team, no timeline had been set.
    Favre formally filed for reinstatement with the NFL on July 29, 2008, and his petition was granted by Commissioner Goodell, effective August 4, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Favre then flew to Green Bay to report to Packers training camp. After a lengthy meeting with head coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson, however, both sides agreed it was time for Favre and the organization to part ways. McCarthy sensed Favre was not in "the right mind-set" to resume playing for the Packers, while Favre felt that his relationship with Packer management had deteriorated to the point that a return to the team would be untenable.
    In the second part of the interview, which aired on July 15, Favre expressed his frustration with Packer management, spoke of his sympathy for successor Aaron Rodgers' predicament, and affirmed he is 100 percent committed to playing football in 2008.'s Jay Glazer reported on July 16, 2008, that the Packers filed tampering charges against the Minnesota Vikings with the league office, alleging improper communication between Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Favre, although one source suggested that Favre may have been in contact with Vikings head coach Brad Childress.
    More Details Hide Details After an investigation, Commissioner Roger Goodell ruled there had been no violation of tampering rules.
    Favre spoke publicly for the first time about his potential comeback in a July 14, 2008, interview with Greta Van Susteren on the Fox News Channel's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.
    More Details Hide Details In the interview, Favre said he was "guilty of retiring early", that he was "never fully committed" to retirement, and that he was pressured by the Packers to make a decision before the NFL Draft and the start of the free agent signing period. Favre disputed the notion that he does not want to play for Green Bay and said that while he understands the organization has decided to move on, they should now allow him to do the same. He made clear that he would not return to the Packers as a backup and reiterated his desire to be released rather than traded, which would allow him the freedom to play for a competitive team. Favre also accused the Packers of being dishonest, wishing the team would have been straightforward with him and the public.
    On July 11, 2008, Favre sent a letter to the Packers asking for his unconditional release to allow him to play for another NFL team.
    More Details Hide Details Packers general manager Ted Thompson announced he would not grant Favre an unconditional release and reaffirmed the organization's commitment to Aaron Rodgers as its new quarterback. Complicating matters was Favre's unique contract giving him the leverage to void any potential trade by not reporting to the camp of the team he might be traded to if the Packers elect to go that route.
    On July 2, 2008, it was reported that Favre was in contact with the Packers about a possible return to the team.
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    On March 4, 2008, Favre formally announced his retirement.
    More Details Hide Details Although Favre stated that he had been willing to play another year, he felt that another season would only be successful if he led his team to another Super Bowl victory. He added the chances for a Super Bowl win were small, and that he was not up for the challenge. At his press conference, Favre openly wept about leaving the NFL. He stated that his decision, regardless of what was being said in the media, had nothing to do with what the Packers did or didn't do. Seeming to contradict statements made by his agent, Bus Cook, Favre said that his decision to retire was based on the fact that he did not want to play anymore. He said during the conference, "I know I can play, but I don't think I want to. And that's really what it comes down to."
  • 2007
    Age 37
    However, after much debate, he returned for 2007, during which his future was once again in doubt and an oft-discussed topic, with many in the media speculating that if the Packers made the Super Bowl, Favre would indeed retire and hand the reins to the unproven but talented Aaron Rodgers, who was drafted two years earlier as Favre's heir-apparent.
    More Details Hide Details Ultimately, the Packers fell in the NFC Championship to the New York Giants (who in turn upset the heavily favored New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII).
    Favre's milestone 2007 season culminated with his selection to the 2008 Pro Bowl as the starting quarterback for the NFC, but an ankle injury forced him to withdraw.
    More Details Hide Details Beginning near the end of the 2006 season, word began to surface that Favre was considering retirement. In fact, playing in Soldier Field against the arch-rival Bears in the season finale, Favre was given a standing ovation in the closing seconds of the Packer victory as a show of respect from Chicago fans to their longtime nemesis. Moments later at the postgame interview, he gave a tearful interview with an NBC Sports correspondent, where he admitted his future was still questionable.
    On Thanksgiving 2007, Favre led the Packers to a 37–26 win over the Lions, and brought the Packers to a 10–1 record.
    More Details Hide Details He won the Galloping Gobbler award, given by the broadcasters at Fox to the game MVP. Favre threw three touchdown passes for his 63rd career game with at least three touchdowns, surpassing Marino's former record of 62. Favre led the Packers to a 13–3 regular season record, the NFC North championship, and the second seed in the NFC playoffs. Prior to the Packers' playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, Favre stated his desire to continue playing football for another season. In the Divisional Playoffs, Favre threw three touchdowns as the Packers cruised to a 42–20 victory over the Seahawks at a snowy Lambeau Field. The Packers' season ended the following week when they suffered a 23–20 overtime loss in the NFC Championship Game to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. Negotiating sub-zero temperatures, Favre amassed 236 passing yards and two touchdowns, but also threw an interception in overtime that set up the Giants' game-winning field goal. Favre's 90-yard touchdown pass to Donald Driver in the second quarter was the longest pass in Packers playoff history, and it extended Favre's NFL record for consecutive postseason games with a touchdown pass to 18. Favre stated after the game that he would make a decision more quickly than he has in the past regarding whether he would return for another season.
    On November 4, 2007, after the Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 33–22, Favre became only the 3rd quarterback to have defeated all thirty-one other current NFL teams.
    More Details Hide Details He joined Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to do this, just the week after the two of them achieved the accomplishment.
    On September 16, 2007, Favre and the Packers defeated the New York Giants to give Favre his record setting 149th win, passing John Elway.
    More Details Hide Details On September 30, Favre threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings in a game against the Vikings. This was his 421st NFL touchdown pass, and set a new all-time record, surpassing Dan Marino's 420.
    Favre began the 2007 season trailing in a number of career NFL passing records.
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    On February 26, 2007, Brett Favre underwent minor arthroscopic ankle surgery in Green Bay, Wisconsin to remove a buildup of bone spurs in his left ankle.
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  • 2006
    Age 36
    On September 24, 2006, he became just the second quarterback in NFL history to record 400 touchdown passes (Dan Marino being the first).
    More Details Hide Details He connected with rookie wide receiver Greg Jennings on a 5-yard pass that Jennings turned into a 75-yard touchdown play during a win against the Detroit Lions. He also became the first player ever to complete 5,000 passes in his career. On December 31, 2006, the Packers played their last game of the season, winning 26–7 against the Chicago Bears. It was his 22nd career win versus the Bears, moving him to an all-time record of 22–8.
    In the 2006 season, Favre suffered his first career shutout against the Chicago Bears.
    More Details Hide Details Later in the season, the New England Patriots shut out the Packers in a game where he was injured before halftime and could not complete the game.
    Despite earlier comments that the 2006 season would be his last, Favre announced in a press conference on May 6, 2006, that he had not ruled out the possibility of returning beyond the 2006 season.
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    However, on April 26, 2006, Favre announced that he would remain with the team for the 2006 season.
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  • 2005
    Age 35
    For the 2005 season, the Packers, despite throwing for over 3,000 yards for a record 14th consecutive time, Favre had a below average season with only 20 touchdown passes and a league-leading 29 interceptions.
    More Details Hide Details The loss of guards Marco Rivera and Mike Wahle to free agency along with key injuries to Javon Walker, Ahman Green, Bubba Franks, among others, hampered Favre and the team. His passer rating was 70.9, 31st in the NFL and the worst single season rating of his career. After the disappointing season, many speculated that Favre would retire.
    Favre elected to continue to play in the 2005 season.
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    In late August 2005, Favre's family suffered another setback: Hurricane Katrina blew through Mississippi, destroying his family's home there; however, none of his family members were injured.
    More Details Hide Details Brett and Deanna's property in Hattiesburg, Mississippi was also extensively damaged by the storm.
  • 2004
    Age 34
    Soon after in 2004, Favre's wife, Deanna Favre, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Following aggressive treatment through 2004, she recovered. She created The Deanna Favre Hope Foundation which supports breast cancer education and women's breast imaging and diagnosis services for all women, including those who are medically underserved.
    After the death of his father, a series of events related to Favre's family were reported in the media. In October 2004, ten months after the death of Favre's father, his brother-in-law, Casey Tynes, was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident on Favre's Mississippi property.
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    Also, during the 2004 post-season, he broke Dan Marino's record for consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass in the post season.
    More Details Hide Details Favre went on to throw a touchdown pass in twenty consecutive playoff games which is still an NFL record.
    A notable game in the 2004 season in which Favre and the Packers finished 10–6 was against the New York Giants.
    More Details Hide Details During the game, Favre suffered a concussion. He did not receive medical clearance to re-enter the game. Despite the concussion, Favre threw a 28-yard touchdown to Javon Walker on a fourth down play. Afterwards it was reported that Favre did not remember throwing the touchdown pass. Favre also had two significant touchdown streaks of note during the season. He had completed at least one touchdown pass in 36 consecutive games over the 2002–2004 seasons which at the time was the second longest streak in NFL history.
  • 2003
    Age 33
    One day after his father died of a heart attack or stroke, Favre decided to play in a December 22, 2003, Monday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders.
    More Details Hide Details The Packers traveled to Oakland where Favre passed for four touchdowns in the first half and 399 total yards in a 41–7 victory over the Raiders on international television (even receiving applause from "Raider Nation"). He completed 73.3% of his passes and finished the game with a passer rating of 154.9 with having recorded a perfect 158.3 rating with four touchdowns and over 250 yards passing by halftime (a feat accomplished by only four other passers in NFL history). Afterwards, Favre said, "I knew that my dad would have wanted me to play. I love him so much and I love this game. It's meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family, and I didn't expect this kind of performance. But I know he was watching tonight." He then went to his father's funeral in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Favre won an ESPY Award for his Monday Night Football performance.
  • 2001
    Age 31
    On March 1, 2001, Favre signed a "lifetime" contract extension, which technically was a 10-year contract extension worth around $100 million.
    More Details Hide Details Favre and the Packers continued posting positive results through the next few seasons. Through the 2004 season, the Packers had the longest streak of non-losing seasons (13) in the NFL, despite an 8–8 record under coach Ray Rhodes, a 9–7 season under coach Mike Sherman, and no playoff berths in either 1999 or 2000. The streak ended in 2005, with the Packers finishing 4–12 overall.
    In the regular season finale of 2001, Favre was the target of minor controversy when, in a game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium, he was sacked by the Giants defensive end Michael Strahan.
    More Details Hide Details It was Strahan's lone sack of the game and gave him the NFL's single–season sack record of 22.5, which topped Mark Gastineau's record of 22 set in 1984. The controversy has followed Strahan continuously since he set the record. Jim Fassel, Strahan's coach in 2001, said that when a respected athlete like Strahan gets close to an all-time record, sometimes opponents want him to break it.
  • 1998
    Age 28
    Favre made a cameo appearance in the 1998 romantic comedy film There's Something About Mary as Cameron Diaz's character's former love interest.
    More Details Hide Details Favre has been a spokesperson for multiple companies, including Nike, Snapper, Remington, Sears, Prilosec, Sensodyne, MasterCard, Wrangler, Bergstrom Automotive, and Hyundai.
  • 1996
    Age 26
    Favre married Deanna Tynes on July 14, 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Together, they have two daughters, Brittany (born 1989) and Breleigh (born 1999). Brittany has given birth to two grandsons named Parker Brett (was born to Brittany on April 2, 2010) and A.J. The NFL stated that at the time it did not know of any other active players with grandchildren. Favre's mother, Bonita, helps manage his holdings in agriculture and real estate, handle his endorsements and appearances and oversee his charity work. Brett and Bonita Favre released a book in 2004 titled Favre (ISBN 978-1-59071-036-4) which discusses their personal family and Green Bay Packers family, including the Monday Night Football game that followed the death of Brett's father Irvin Favre.
    Favre led the Packers to their best season in 30 years in the 1996 season, winning his second consecutive MVP award in the process.
    More Details Hide Details The Packers led the NFL in points scored (456) as well as fewest points allowed (210), joining only the 1972 Dolphins as the only two teams to ever accomplish this. The defense also set a then NFL record for least amount of touchdowns allowed in a 16-game season with 19. Favre threw for 3,899 yards, a career high 39 touchdown passes (third highest ever at the time), only 13 interceptions, and passer rating of 95.8 (the third highest of his career). Green Bay tied the Denver Broncos for the NFL's best regular season record, 13–3, defeated the San Francisco 49ers (35-14) and Carolina Panthers (30-13) at Lambeau Field in the playoffs. The Packers advanced to Super Bowl XXXI at the Louisiana Superdome, a short drive from Favre's hometown. In Super Bowl XXXI, Favre completed 14 of 27 passes for 246 yards and 2 touchdown passes. On the second play of the game, Favre called an audible and threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to receiver Andre Rison. Favre also completed an 81-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman in the second quarter (then a Super Bowl record for longest touchdown catch). Favre rushed for 12 yards and another touchdown, as the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots, 35–21. In their 19 games of the season, the Packers had a turnover ratio of plus 24, and outscored their opponents 100–48 in the playoffs.
    In May 1996, he went into treatment and remained in rehabilitation for 46 days.
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  • 1994
    Age 24
    Favre also tied an NFL record by passing for at least two touchdowns in twelve consecutive games, a feat he accomplished over the 1994–1995 seasons.
    More Details Hide Details The Packers advanced to the NFC Championship Game after upsetting the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Game. The Packers lost the NFC Championship game to the Dallas Cowboys, marking the third year in a row the Packers season was ended by the Cowboys in the playoffs. Favre helped the Packers advance farther in the playoffs than any other Packer team since 1967, the season the Packers won Super Bowl II. While being treated for various injuries, Brett Favre developed an addiction to Vicodin, which became publicly known when he suffered a seizure during a hospital visit. Amid an NFL investigation, he went public to avoid any rumors about his condition.
  • 1992
    Age 22
    In the third game of the 1992 season, Majkowski injured a ligament in his ankle against the Cincinnati Bengals, an injury severe enough that he would be out for four weeks.
    More Details Hide Details Favre replaced Majkowski for the remainder of the contest. Favre fumbled four times during the course of the game, a performance poor enough that the crowd chanted for Favre to be removed in favor of another Packers backup quarterback at the time, Ty Detmer. However, down 23–17 with 1:07 left in the game, the Packers started an offensive series on their own 8-yard line. Favre then completed a 42 yard pass to Sterling Sharpe. Three plays later, Favre threw the game–winning touchdown pass to Kitrick Taylor with 13 seconds remaining. The next week's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers began the longest consecutive starts streak for a quarterback in NFL history. The game ended in a 17–3 victory and his passer rating was 144.6. During the season, Favre helped put together a six-game winning streak for the Packers, the longest winning streak for the club since 1965. They ended 9–7 that season, missing the playoffs on their last game. Favre finished his first season as a Packer with 3,227 yards and a quarterback rating of 85.3, helping him to his first Pro Bowl.
    Favre also started every Green Bay Packers game from September 20, 1992 to January 20, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In the second game of the 1992 season, the Packers played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers were leading 17–0 at halftime when head coach Mike Holmgren benched starting quarterback Don Majkowski and Favre played the second half. On his first regular season play as a Packer, Favre threw a pass that was deflected by Buccaneers player Ray Seals and caught by Favre. Favre was tackled and the completion went for −7 yards. The Packers lost the game 31–3, chalking up only 106 yards passing.
  • 1991
    Age 21
    Wolf, while an assistant to the general manager of the New York Jets, had intended to take Favre in the 1991 NFL draft, but Favre was taken by the Falcons on the previous pick.
    More Details Hide Details According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and other sources, during the physical after the trade, Favre was diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the hip, the same degenerative condition that ended Bo Jackson's football career, and doctors recommended his physical be failed, which would nullify the trade. Wolf overruled them. Favre played 16 seasons in Green Bay. During his time in Green Bay, Favre was the first and only NFL player to win three consecutive AP MVP awards. He helped the Packers appear in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XXXI.
    Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf traded a first-round pick (19th overall, which would be used for Tony Smith) for Favre after the 1991 season.
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    On July 19, 1991, Favre agreed to a three-year, US$1.4 million contract with a reported signing bonus of $350,000.
    More Details Hide Details Atlanta coach Jerry Glanville did not approve of the drafting of Favre, saying it would take a plane crash for him to put Favre into the game. Favre's first pass in an NFL regular season game resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown. He only attempted four passes in his career at Atlanta, was intercepted twice, and completed none of them. Favre took one other snap, which resulted in a sack for an eleven-yard loss.
    Favre was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round, 33rd overall in the 1991 NFL Draft.
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    Favre started at the quarterback position for the University of Southern Mississippi for four years before being selected in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by Atlanta (33rd overall).
    More Details Hide Details He was traded to Green Bay on February 10, 1992, for the 19th pick in the 1992 NFL Draft. Favre became the Packers' starting quarterback in the fourth game of the 1992 season, stepping in for injured quarterback Don Majkowski, and started every game through the 2007 season. He was traded to the New York Jets and started at quarterback for the 2008 season before signing with the Vikings on August 18, 2009 as their starting quarterback. He made an NFL record 297 consecutive starts (321 including playoffs). He is the only player to win the AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award three consecutive times (1995–97), and is one of only six quarterbacks to have won the award as well as the Super Bowl in the same season. He has led teams to eight division championships (1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009), five NFC Championship Games (1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2009), and two Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl XXXI, Super Bowl XXXII), winning one (Super Bowl XXXI).
  • 1990
    Age 20
    On July 14, 1990, before the start of Favre's senior year at Southern Miss, he was involved in a near-fatal car accident.
    More Details Hide Details When going around a bend a few tenths of a mile from his parents' house, Favre lost control of his car, which flipped three times and came to rest against a tree. It was only after one of his brothers smashed a car window with a golf club that Favre could be evacuated and rushed to the hospital. In the ambulance, his mother was sitting with him. "All I kept asking her was 'Will I be able to play football again?'" Favre recalled later. Doctors would later remove 30 inches (76 cm) of Favre's small intestine. Six weeks after this incident, on September 8, Favre led Southern Miss to a comeback victory over Alabama. Alabama coach Gene Stallings said, "You can call it a miracle or a legend or whatever you want to. I just know that on that day, Brett Favre was larger than life."
  • 1989
    Age 19
    In his junior season, Favre led the Golden Eagles to an upset of Florida State (then ranked sixth in the nation) on September 2, 1989.
    More Details Hide Details Favre capped a six-and-a-half-minute drive with the game-winning touchdown pass with 23 seconds remaining.
  • 1987
    Age 17
    After high school, Southern Mississippi offered Favre a scholarship (the only one he received). Southern Miss wanted him to play defensive back, but Favre wanted to play quarterback instead. Favre began his freshman year as the seventh-string quarterback and took over the starting position in the second half of the third game of the year against Tulane on September 19, 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Favre, despite suffering a hangover from the night before and vomiting during warm-ups, led the Golden Eagles to a come-from-behind victory with two touchdown passes. Favre started ten games during his freshman year and won six of them.
  • 1969
    Born on October 10, 1969.
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