Brett Favre enjoyed a very successful and decorated 20-year career in the National Football League. The quarterback, who was known for his time with the Green Bay Packers, even though he also had stints with the Atlanta Falcons, the New York Jets, and the Minnesota Vikings, is a Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL Most Valuable Player. He also managed eleven Pro Bowl appearances and was a three-time First-team All-Pro. There are a lot more things that people have shown interest in knowing about this retired athlete, among them being his journey to becoming a professional and the members of his family.
Brett Favre’s Journey to Becoming a Legendary NFL Player
The now-retired NFL player was born Brett Lorenzo Favre in the town of Gulfport, Mississippi, on the 10th of October 1969. He is the second of four sons to Bonita and Irvin who both worked as teachers at the Hancock County School District.
Brett began to play football and baseball while attending Hancock North Central High school. While he was capable of playing all positions as a part of the school’s football team that was coached by his father, he mainly featured as the quarterback. After high school, Brett was offered a scholarship to attend the University of Southern Mississippi.
In college, Brett Favre declared himself as a quarterback while his coaches wanted him to play as a defensive back. As a result of this, he was his team’s seventh-string quarterback in his freshman year. The player did not get to feature in a game until the second half of the third game of the year against Tulane University on September 19, 1987. Despite being hungover from the night before, the athlete was able to drag his team to a win from behind with two touchdown passes.
Favre’s display in the Tulane game cemented him as the starting quarterback of Southern Miss. He kept up his performances all through his sophomore and junior years until everything almost ended following an accident in his senior year.
In July 1990, Brett Favre was involved in a near-fatal accident close to his parents’ house when his car flipped three times before coming to rest against a tree. While in the ambulance with his mom, all he kept asking was if he could still play football. He went on to get surgery before returning six weeks later to lead his team to victory against Alabama. The Alabama coach described Favre as a ‘larger than life’ player because of his display on the field of play. At the end of his time at Southern Mississippi, Favre held several school records.
Highlights of His Professional Career
Brett Favre joined the Atlanta Falcons in July 1991 after he was selected 33rd overall in that year’s NFL draft. The move turned out to be a bad one as the head coach of the team did not want him there. His performances in his rookie season further failed to help his cause.
As a result of this, Favre was traded to the Green Bay Packers where he played for 16 seasons. During his time with the team, he started every single game, from September 1992 to January 2008, a streak that spanned over 297 games. He also won three consecutive MVPs, becoming the first and only time such a feat had been achieved. The quarterback went on to lead his team to two Super Bowls, winning one to establish himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
In 2008, Brett Favre thought about retiring but later opted against it when he decided to join the New York Jets. That season did not go as planned as the team missed the playoffs. The following year, he was released by the New York Jets and he signed for the Minnesota Vikings. Favre’s career was rejuvenated there as the team made the playoffs before losing the NFC Championship game in overtime to eventual Super Bowl winners, New Orleans Saints. He earned his 11th Pro Bowl invite that year. Farve went on to play one more year for the Vikings before announcing his retirement.
Apart from his eleven Pro Bowl honors, three consecutive MVP titles, and being a Super Bowl champion, there is a long list of other achievements that proves Brett Favre had a successful career as a professional footballer. For instance, he earned three First-team All-Pro honors and three Second-team All-Pro honors. He was also a two-time NFL passing yards leader and four-time NFL passing touchdown leader.
Other achievements are him holding the NFL record for most career pass attempts, most career pass interceptions, most times sacked, and most fumbles. He is also the league’s all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and quarterback wins. Brett is the first quarterback to defeat all of the league’s 32 franchises, and the first quarterback to win a playoff game over age 40.
Post Retirement Endeavors That Helped Him Grow His Net Worth to $100 Million
Brett Favre retired in 2011. It was in January of the said year that he announced his retirement. Long before that, however, it had been speculated on various occasions that he would retire. The first time this happened was in 2002 when he stated in an interview that he had been thinking a lot about retirement.
Favre’s 20-year career in the NFL was a very lucrative one as he not only penned mouth-watering deals but also bagged several endorsements with brands such as Nike, Snapper, Remington, Sears, Sensodyne, Mastercard, Hyundai, and Wrangler.
Following his decision to hang up his cleats, he was named the offensive coordinator of Oak Grove High school in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In 2013, he joined the board of directors of the sports social media platform, Sqor. Since then, he has been a part of various businesses, including the Brett Favre Steakhouse located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and has kept himself busy with charitable works.
Through all of these endeavors, he is estimated to have a net worth of over $100 million.
The Family Life of Brett Favre
Family is very important for Brett Favre and he has learned how to appreciate those he loves and spend quality time with them since he lost his father unexpectedly at the age of 58. The older Favre, who coached him in high school, died of the 21st of December 2003 after suffering what is said to be either a heart attack or stroke while driving.
The former football player has a great relationship with his mother. Together, they released a book titled Favre in 2004; an autobiography that offers insight into the family life of the ex-footballer. Brett’s mother has been very much involved in the career of her son. Apart from managing some of his ventures, it is known that she is in charge of his endorsement deals and runs his charitable causes.
The other woman in Favre’s life is Deanna Tynes. The two were dating when she gave birth to their first daughter, Brittany, in 1989. They later got married in 1996 before welcoming a second daughter named Breliegh in 1999. Brett became a grandfather in 2010 while he was still active in football after his daughter Brittany welcomed a son named Parker Brett. As at then, there was no NFL player that had a grandchild.
Brett’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. The woman who was almost a recluse gained a lot of attention after her condition came to light. Thankfully, she is cancer-free now and has dedicated her life to creating awareness and raising funds for disadvantaged women battling cancer. She mainly does this through her Deanna Favre HOPE Foundation.