Brett Favre Biography
Brett Favre born Brett Lorenzo Favre, is a former American football quarterback who was starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1992 to 2007 of the National Football League (NFL). He was born on October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi, to Bonita Ann and Irvin Ernest Favre.
He 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. After high school, Southern Mississippi offered Favre a football scholarship.
Favre was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round with the 33rd overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft. On July 19, 1991, Favre agreed to a three-year, US$1.4 million contract with a reported signing bonus of $350,000. Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf traded a first-round pick, 19th overall for Favre after the 1991 season.
Favre started every Green Bay Packers game from September 20, 1992 to January 20, 2008, a streak of 297 games, which remains as the all-time record for consecutive starts in the NFL. During his time with the Packers, 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 and losing Super Bowl XXXII.
The New York Jets acquired Favre in the biggest trade in their history on August 6, 2008. After considering retirement, Favre instead chose to sign a two-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings worth $25 million on August 18, 2009.
The Favre 4 Hope Foundation
His mother assists with his charity work – The Favre 4 Hope Foundation, which supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, and breast cancer charities in both Wisconsin and Mississippi.
The foundation also supports several other children and education focused charities. His wife Deanna Favre is a breast cancer survivor. The couple have two daughters, Brittany and Breleigh. Favre became a grandfather with the birth of grandson Parker Brett in 2010, which made Favre the only player known to be a grandfather in the NFL at the time.
He and his mother released a book in 2004, Favre, centered on their family, the Green Bay Packers and the football game following the death of Brett’s father, Irvin Favre.
Brett Favre After the NFL
In 2012, Favre was hired as an assistant football coach at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He was asked by the St. Louis Rams to return to the NFL the following October, but he declined their offer. Favre admitted to the media around this time that he was suffering from some memory loss, which he attributed in part to the many injuries he sustained during his pro football career.
One of the greatest players in Green Bay’s storied history, Favre was honored by his old team with induction into the Packers Hall of Fame and a number retirement ceremony in 2015. The following year, he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
In 2013, Favre joined the board of directors for Sqor, a burgeoning social network that aimed to connect athletes with fans. In late January 2018, it was revealed that the former football great and his partners were being sued for more than $16 million by an investor, over claims that Sqor had misrepresented its social reach and projected income.
Around that time, Favre raised eyebrows in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, in which he acknowledged the challenge of making football safer at a time when many former players were being diagnosed with serious brain damage.
Brett Favre Age
He was born on October 10, 1969.
Brett Favre Wife – Brett Favre Daughter
Favre married Deanna Tynes on July 14, 1996. 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.
Brett Favre Family
His parents, Bonita Ann and Irvin Ernest Favre, were schoolteachers in the Hancock County School District. He is of part French ancestry. One of his ancestors is Simon Favre, a Creole, was an influential figure in Spanish West Florida in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; Brett descends from Simon’s Choctaw Native American mistress, Pistikiokonay, and thus his grandfather was affiliated with the Choctaw.
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.
Brett Favre Career
- He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1991 NFL Draft. He was with them for only one season before being traded off to the Green Bay Packers in 1992.
- The team’s starting quarterback, Don Majkowski was injured during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in 1992 and Favre replaced him. In spite of a poor start, he went on to complete a 42 yard pass to Sterling Sharpe. He also threw the winning touchdown pass.
- He helped the team achieve a six-game winning streak during the 1992 season which they ended with 9-7. The 1993 season was also a productive one for Favre and he was named to his second Pro Bowl. He had the first 400 yard passing game of his career.
- He led the Packers to a 11-5 record in 1995 which was the team’s best record in thirty years. He achieved a personal milestone when he passed for a career high of 4,413 yards, 38 touchdowns, and recorded a quarterback rating of 99.5.
- During the Super Bowl XXXI in 1996, he completed 14 of 27 passes for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also completed an 81-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman in the second quarter and rushed for 12 yards and another touchdown, enabling the team to win the game. The team continued its positive performances over the next few years.
- He played in a Monday Night Football game in 2003 against the Oakland Raiders. He passed for four touchdowns and 399 total yards in a 41-7 victory over the Raiders.
- The Packers defeated the Kansas City chiefs 33-22 in 2007 making Favre the only 3rd quarterback to have defeated all 31 other current NFL teams. The same year he led his team to a 37-26 win over the Lions.
- He officially announced his retirement in 2008. However, he came back from retirement to play for New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings for a short while before health issues forced him to retire again in 2011.
Brett Favre Awards And Achievements
- He was named the Associated Press Most Valuable Player (MVP) thrice (1995, 1996, and 1997).
- He holds several NFL records including most pass touchdowns (508), Most pass yards (71,838), and Most pass completions (6,300).
Brett Favre Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $100 million.
Brett Favre Height
He stands at 6′ 2″ (1.88 m).
Brett Favre Retirement
On January 17, 2011, Favre officially filed his retirement papers with the NFL.