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On October 10, 1969, a legend was born in Gulfport, Mississippi. Brett Lorenzo Favre grew up in Hancock County in the small town of Kiln. No paved roads, no stop lights. The man who's famous for getting down and dirty on Sunday afternoons on the football field started his quest for greatness as a little boy walking to school through the dirt roads of "The Kill". They call it the bayou life in Mississippi.

Favre is arguably the toughest quarterback to ever play the game. How is he able to take hit after hit and never miss a game? Well, the tough man in him comes from his father, Irvin Favre. Brett's father taught his boys mental and physical toughness. It?s easy to see that the philosophy that Brett grew up with has stuck with him throughout his career with 157 consecutive career starts.

His durability started at a young age. He was hit in the head with a baseball bat when he was four years old.

"Leon Farmer was in the on-deck circle ? Nailed me", Brett says. ?l had a big egg on my head. If I cried, it was because I figured that?s what I was supposed to do. I used to cry when I?d get a whuppin?. It didn?t hurt, but I didn?t want to get another one. I would cry to fool people.?

?He didn?t even cry,? Irvin Favre, Brett?s dad says. ?The doctor said it hurt the woman who took him to the hospital more than it hurt Brett.?

As a student, Brett took care of what needed to be done in the classroom, so when the afternoon bell rang, he could take care of what needed to be done on the field. Hancock North Central High was where this kid with all-natural instinct and character fostered his ability to play the game at an age where development is crucial. He earned five letters in baseball and led the team in batting all five seasons. He also received three letters in football. Brett was surrounded by the game night and day, because his father, Irvin, was his coach. Maybe his ?ironman? mentality developed while playing both ways, including special teams. Brett played quarterback, strong safety, and also punted and place kicked.

The Favre?s talked football day and night. Brett studied the game with his father and helped him develop his ability throughout his high school career, but Irvin stuck to his offensive game plan even though he saw potential in his son. Their offense focused around a ground attack and Brett?s air attack was basically non-existent. Irvin Favre had to get recruiters to Brett?s games to critique his son?s ability in hopes of receiving a scholarship.

There was only one offer on the table ? Southern Mississippi. Brett was recruited as a defensive back but always had the desire to lead the team at quarterback. The Golden Eagle staff saw the potential and he began summer camp as the 7th string quarterback. After proving himself and becoming the backup quarterback, Favre?s fate began to change. He entered the second half of the Golden Eagles' game against Tulane and led Southern Miss to a 31-24 comeback victory. He completed 6 of 10 passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Needless to say, Southern Mississippi found their quarterback for the next few years, just 3 games into his freshman campaign (1987-1990).

July 14, 1990 was a very scary day for Brett and his family. Brett was driving down a back road in Mississippi and was blinded by the sun. The car he was driving was left wrapped around a tree and completely totaled after Brett lost control of the wheel. His older brother Scott was following him and used a set of golf clubs to break the glass and help his brother. On August 7, 1990, Brett had surgery and had 30 inches of his small intestine removed. He also lost 40l bs because he couldn?t eat a normal diet during this trying time. You?re probably thinking, ?Oh, no! Brett?s senior season is history!? Not so fast, skeptics. On September 8th, one month after having surgery, Brett pulled off one of the greatest victories in Southern Mississippi history. The Golden Eagles beat Alabama 27-24 on a comeback win from the comeback kid! "You can call it a miracle or a legend or whatever you want to," Crimson Tide coach Gene Stallings says afterward. "I just know that on that day, Brett Favre was larger than life."

In Brett?s final game as a Golden Eagle, Southern Miss lost a tough battle to N.C. State, 31-27, in the All-American Bowl, but Favre was in the zone in his final college game. He threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his Southern Miss career as the school leader in passing yards (8,193), pass attempts (1,234), completions (656), passing percentage (53.0) and touchdowns (55). In April of 1997, Brett was inducted into the Southern Miss Sports Hall of Fame.

You know the lyrics to the song ?I get knocked down, but I get up again ? you?re never gonna keep me down!?? Brett might not either, but he sure lives by those words.

Brett Favre?s down home style is a reflection to his actions both on and off the field. Off the field, Brett gives back to the people who helped him get to where he is today.


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