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Brett Favre was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, and raised in the small town of Kiln. He is the second of four children and attended Hancock North Central High School where he played baseball and football. Favre started for the Hancock North Central baseball team as an eighth-grader and earned five varsity letters. He played quarterback, lineman, strong safety, placekicker and punter in a primarily option, run-oriented offense coached by his father, Irvin Favre.
Irvin Favre said he knew his son had a great arm but also knew that the school was blessed with good running backs. As a result, in the three years Brett was on the team, his father ran the wishbone, a run-oriented offense. Favre rarely threw more than five passes in a game.
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. 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. Favre capped a six-and-a-half-minute drive with the game-winning touchdown pass with 23 seconds remaining.
Favre continues to hold various Southern Miss football records. As of the end of the 2009 season, he holds the career individual record in the following categories: most plays, most total yards gained, most passing yards gained, most completions made, and most passing attempts made. He had held the record for the most touchdowns scored (52), but it was later tied by quarterback Lee Roberts, who played for the school from 1995-98. Favre had 15 games over his career where he compiled more than 200 passing yards, making him the fourth all-time school leader in that category. Of those 15 games, five were 300-yard games, the most compiled by any of the school's quarterbacks. Additionally, he was the seasonal leader in total passing and total offense in all four of his seasons at Southern Miss.
Favre was drafted by his first national football team in the second round, 33rd overall in the 1991 Draft. On July 19, 1991, Favre agreed to a three-year, $1.4 million contract with a reported signing bonus of $350,000. Then 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 a regular season game resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown.
From his famed team in Wisconsin, general manager Ron Wolf traded a first-round pick for Favre during the following off season. Wolf, while an assistant to the general manager of a different team, had intended to take Favre in the 1991 draft, but Favre was taken on the previous pick.
Brett Favre played 16 seasons in Green Bay. During his time there, he was the first player to win three consecutive AP MVP awards. The only player to win four AP MVP Awards is Peyton Manning. He helped his team appear in two national championships, winning the national title. Favre also started every game from September 20, 1992, to January 20, 2008.
In 1995, Favre won the first of his three AP MVP awards. Favre led his team to an 11-5 record, their best record in nearly thirty years. Favre passed for a career high of 4,413 yards, 38 touchdowns, and recorded a quarterback rating of 99.5, which was the highest of his career until he recorded a rating of 107.2 during the 2009 season. The team advanced to the championship game an upsetting at the divisional game. While they lost the championship, Favre helped the team advance farther in the playoffs than any other team from Green Bay since 1967.
Favre led the team to their best season in 30 years in the 1996 season, winning his second consecutive MVP award in the process. They led the league in points scored as well as fewest points scored against. They tied for best regular season record, 13-3, and defeated two other powerhouse teams at home in the playoffs. They advanced to the national championship, held just a short drive from Favre's hometown.
Favre began the 2007 season trailing in a number of career passing records. On September 16, 2007, Favre had his record setting 149th win, passing John Elway. On September 30, Favre threw a 16 yard touchdown pass, his 421st touchdown pass, which set a new all-time record.