Brett Favre knows the upcoming weekend all too well. The NFL Draft begins on Thursday and for a number of young men, their lives will change forever. And while Brett Favre made some mistakes during his rookie season with the Atlanta Falcons, he wanted to make sure the incoming rookies don’t take everything too seriously. The Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback attended Middle Tennessee Christian School’s Legacy of Light Gala, held at the school’s varsity gymnasium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee last week as he was the featured speaker. He was asked about his thoughts on the upcoming draft class and said having fun is key.
“I was accused early in my career of having too much fun and not being serious,” Favre said via Cecil Joyce of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. I understand where some of the older guys were coming from. There was no way I would ever step on the football field unprepared. But, if you go out there and are prepared and do all you can do, now it’s time to have fun. If you love doing something and are prepared, by all means have fun. That’s what I did.”
Favre always had fun on the field, but he also made plays when his number was called. In 1991, Favre was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round. The Southern Miss alum only attempted four passes that season and he was intercepted twice. Even though Favre was a high draft pick, head coach Jerry Glanville had no intentions of having Favre be the starter.
That led to the Packers making a big move in 1992. General manager Ron Wolf traded a first-round pick for Favre, and while he played in the game on Sept. 13 of that year, it was the game the following week when Packers fans got to know the future Hall of Famer. Favre came into the game for an injured Don Majkowski and led the team to a 24-23 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Favre did not miss a game during his entire 16 seasons with the Packers.
Favre reached the Pro Bowl in 1992 after finishing the year with 3,227 yards, 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He reached the Pro Bowl again in 1993 despite throwing 18 touchdowns and a league-leading 24 picks. But it was the 1995 season that made Favre a superstar. He won his first MVP award after completing 63 percent of his passes and throwing for 4,413 yards, 38 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He led the Packers to an 11-5 record and lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship game. However, the Packers won the Super Bowl in 1996 and Favre won his second MVP award after throwing for 3,899 yards, 39 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Favre won the MVP award for the third time in 1997 after posting 3,867 yards, 35 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. In that season, the Packers reached the Super Bowl once again only to lose to the Denver Broncos. Favre went 25-of-42 for 256 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the loss.
Favre was the Packers starter until the end of the 2007 season. During his 16 seasons with the Packers, Favre posted a 160-93 record and threw for 61,655 yards and 442 touchdowns. He played for the Jets for one season and finished his career with the Minnesota Vikings where he played two additional seasons. Favre finished his NFL career with 71,838 yards and 508 touchdowns which are the third and fourth-best totals in NFL history.
So Favre is one of the perfect guys to talk to about the draft. However, Favre is amazed at how big of an event the draft has become.