People tend to listen when NFL icon Brett Favre speaks. On Thursday, he shared fun football stories and talked about family and faith at the Middle Tennessee Christian School Legacy of Light Gala.
Favre participated in a moderated Q&A in the school's gymnasium that touched on an array of topics. He spoke about the unconventional start to his career, which began when he played under his father in high school in an offense that was light on passing.
Favre similarly went under the radar in college at Southern Miss, but said the low profile actually benefited him once he jumped to the NFL. He left the audience by sharing an important lesson about those early years in football.
"I was accused early in my career of having too much fun and not being serious," said Favre. "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 certainly had plenty of enjoyable moments over a record-setting 20-year career. He started a record 297 consecutive games and, at the time of his retirement, he held top marks for career passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Favre mostly starred for the Green Bay Packers and led them to a win in Super Bowl XXXI. He won three consecutive AP NFL MVP awards from 1995-97.
Favre was an 11-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
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