Gold Jacket was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier in August, but the accolades and honors haven’t stopped for him. Yesterday the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Ford Motor Company paid tribute to Gold Jacket Favre at his high school alma mater as part of the Hometown Hall of Famer™ program presented by Ford Motor Company. An audience of over 1,000 attended the ceremony at Hancock High School in Kiln, Miss. The crowd included many of the high school football coaches and players, administrators and media.
“I didn’t think anyone would outwork me. If it hadn’t worked out, I knew I would have done all I could do. Give it all you’ve got. You’ve got one shot,” Favre said to the assembled players to inspire them.
Hometown Hall of Famer™ presented by Ford Motor Company is a national program that honors the hometown roots of the greatest heroes of the game with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities. Ford Motor Company and the program fits the Hall's mission statement to honor the heroes of the game, preserve its history, promote its values and celebrate excellence everywhere.
“I knew I did all I could do,” he said. “I don’t live with any regrets… I was pretty confident I could play… It can happen.
Hancock High School High School is now an official high school of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, one of only 104 in the country to receive the honor.
Favre started four years as quarterback at Southern Mississippi before he was drafted in the second round (33rd overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1991 NFL Draft. Favre saw little action as a rookie and was traded to the Green Bay Packers the following season in exchange for a first round pick. An injury to the Packers’ incumbent starter Don Majikowski in Week 3 immediately thrust Brett into action. From that point, Favre embarked on a career in which he rewrote the NFL’s record book during his 20-year career.
The former Green Bay Packers quarterback led the league in touchdown passes for the second of three consecutive seasons in 1996 as he guided the Packers to a 35-21 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. It was the first championship for Green Bay since Super Bowl II. Favre and the Packers nearly repeated as Super Bowl winners but narrowly lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII.
Favre, an NFL ironman who played in a record 299 consecutive games, posted totals of 6,300 completions, 10,169 attempts, 71,838 yards, and 508 touchdowns in his 302-game NFL career.
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