Brett Favre returns to 'The Nest'
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Aug 16, 2016, 19:22
Favre prepares to sign an autograph for a young fan.
Newly enshrined Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre, who played his prep football at Hancock North Central High School, was honored by the 'Hometown Hall of Famer' program presented by Ford Motor Company on Tuesday, August 16th at Hancock High School.
Hancock head football coach Rocky Gaudin welcomed Favre and other guests to Brett Favre Field. Gaudin stated, "This is a great honor for this school. I have lots of memories of coaching Brett when he was younger. He will always be a Hawks. Today is a crowning moment for this district to have Brett come back home."
Favre played for his father, Irvin, who was the head coach at Hancock North Central. Gaudin also played for the elder Favre and later coached with him. Gaudin enters his 40th season on the sidelines this year.
Ford Motor Company was represented by John Geigas, the Marketing Development Manager. He commented, "We are proud to be a part of this ceremony that brings the Hall of Farmers back to their roots. It is a great way to connect the community and celebrate with their favorite sons. It is great to have Brett back home in Kiln."
George Veras, of the Pro Football Hall of Fame added, "I told the football team earlier that we would get them out if practice for a little while today. The Pro Football Hall of Fame thanks Brett for being a part of this wonderful event as we honor where Brett came from."
Veras introduced Brett who arrived earlier in a Ford F-150 and made his way to the field through a column of Hancock football players and coaches.
Favre commented, "Thank you to the Hall of Fame and Ford Motor Company for this great honor. I am a Hawks and very proud of where I came from. I would not change anything about it. It is very humbling to come back home and see these young players striving to be their best. I am living proof that anything can happen if you are willing to put forth the effort to make it happen. I was confident in my ability but I never imagined the career that I have had. If you want something bad enough, you can get it. Don't live with regrets, do all you can."
Favre was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6th in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of professional football.
Favre prepped at Hancock (1984-86), was an All-American at the University of Southern Mississippi (1987-90) and was drafted with the 33rd overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
He played his rookie season with the Falcons and then was traded to the Green Bay Packers where he played 16 seasons (1992-2007l where he cemented his legacy. He won Super Bowl XXXI and led the Packers back to the penultimate game the following season. He remains the only one to win the MVP three consecutive seasons (1995-97) and was named to 11 Pro Bowls.
He played one season with the New York Jets (2008) and two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2009-10).
When he retired after 20 seasons in the NFL, he had set virtually every passing record in the league. He has been inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.