The first call came in the Spring of 1991 when Brett Lorenzo Favre was picked in the 2nd round (33rd overall) by the Atlanta Falcons out of Southern Mississippi University…25 years later on Saturday a Big Call came AGAIN…this time from the “Hall.”
Favre along with 7 other will be enshrined this Summer in the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Favre was the NFL’s first three-time MVP, winning it in consecutive years from 1995-97 (co-MVP with Barry Sanders in 97). He led the Packers to their first Super Bowl appearance and win since Super Bowl II, in 1996 when the Packers defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. He also became the NFL’s version of Major League Baseball’s “Iron Man” Cal Ripken Jr. when he started 297 straight games at QB.
Favre finished his 20 year career as the NFL’s all-time leader in completions, passing yards, attempts, and TDs. 16 of those years were spent with us in Green Bay.
The other inductees that will be honored this Summer: receiver Marvin Harrison, coach Tony Dungy, linebacker Kevin Greene, offensive tackle Orlando Pace, 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo got in as a contributor, and senior picks, quarterback Ken Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel.
The most notable name left out, was Terrell Owens, and even though he put up Hall of Fame numbers throughout his career, one has to think that his cancerous attitude kept him from being a first ballot inductee. He’ll get in next year.
Two other notable names left out… Quarterback Kurt Warner and running back Terrell Davis.
Congratulations to all of the inductees… and THANK YOU Brett for all the memories!
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