JACKSON, MISS– Kiln native, Southern Miss alum and pro football legend Brett Favre has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy Brett Favre on Facebook)
Favre, was inducted along with Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel.
The footballer’s wife, Deanna, introduced him for induction. He earned his way into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on his first time on the ballot.
Favre played for Southern Miss from 1987-1990. He started as a freshman at just 17-years-old, and quickly made a name for himself as one of university’s best players.
To date, Favre ranks third at the school in passing yards (7,695), tied for third in touchdown passes (52) and third in total offensive yards (7,606), according to the university.
After graduation, Favre went with the Atlanta Falcons after being drafted in the second round. After just one season was traded to the Green Bay Packers, were he built the legacy that earned him a spot in the Hall of Fame.
Favre retired as the NFL’s all-time leading passer with 6,300 completions, 10,169 attempts, 71,838 yards, 508 TDs and now is one of only two quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for over 70,000 yards, over 500 touchdowns and over 6,000 completions. His other NFL stops include the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.
Favre started 297 straight games (321 including playoffs) and won three-straight NFL MVP honors from 1995-1997 and one Super Bowl title.
The football legend joined fellow former Golden Eagle Ray Guy, who was the first punter in history to receive the honor and the first from Southern Miss.