When the Atlanta Falcons made Brett Favre their second-round pick (No. 33 overall) in 1991, they had no idea what they had in the gunslinger from Southern Mississippi. And unfortunately for them, they traded him to the Green Bay Packers before he had a chance to show what he could do.
In just his second season in the league, Favre entered a September contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second half following an injury to starter Don Majkowski, and proceeded to lead the team to a come-from-behind victory. The following week, Sept 20, 1992, Favre made his first NFL start; a day that would eventually lead to a streak of consecutive starts that would exceed that of all quarterbacks throughout NFL history.
Along the way, Favre collected three league MVP awards, nine Pro Bowl appearances, and a Super Bowl victory. He also set numerous records, including most career passing yards, most completions, most seasons with 30 or more touchdown passes and most consecutive seasons with 3,000 yards passing. He also had the dubious distinction, however, of throwing the most interceptions as well.
Before the NFL:
Brett Lorenzo Favre was born on October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi. He attended Hancock North Central High School in Kiln, Mississippi, where he played quarterback, strong safety, kicker and punter for the football team, which was coached by his father, Irvin.
The only college that showed an interest in Favre after high school was the nearby Southern Mississippi, and they wanted him to play defensive back. But Favre's arm strength caught the eye of his coaching staff, and he worked his way up through the depth chart and led the team to a comeback win in just the third game of his freshman year. Favre went 6-4 as a starter that first year, completing 79-of-194 passes for 1,264 yards, with 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Before his sophomore season, Southern Mississippi brought in a new head coach in Curley Hallman, who installed a pro-style offense that Favre flourished in. He continued to develop as a passer over the next couple years and received some Heisman Trophy hype prior to his senior season.
However, just weeks before the start of training camp prior to his final college season, Favre suffered serious internal injuries in a car wreck just a quarter-mile from his home. Doctors had to removed 30 inches of his small intestine, but he was back on the field three weeks later, leading Southern Miss to an upset win over Alabama in Birmingham.
Career NFL Stats:
Passing Yards: 65,127
Completion Percentage: 61.6
Touchdown Passes: 464
Passer Rating 85.4