(Brett Favre photos courtesy of the Green Bay Packers)
Talk of Fame Network
Former quarterback Brett Favre is one of 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. But let’s be real, people. He’s not only going to make it; he’s a slam-dunk as a first-ballot choice.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 begins with Brett Favre.
So, naturally, when we caught up with Favre earlier this year on The Talk of Fame Network, we asked what the gold jacket would mean to him. And in comments first aired last weekend on our latest broadcast, he caught us by surprise with his answer.
“I tell people this all the time,” he said, “and this is no disrespect and nothing negative. (But) I always dreamed as a young child of playing in the National Football League. I mean, if you asked me at 7 years old what I was going to do, I was going to tell I'd play pro football. And if you would’ve asked me at 17, I would’ve said the same thing. I never wavered from my dream.
“But I never dreamed of Hall of Fames. And I never dreamed of Pro Bowls. And I never dreamed of MVPs. I really didn’t. So all those things to me are tremendous honors and achievements that are way more than I ever could have dreamed of. So I’m not hanging on a phone call to be in the Hall of Fame.”
Of course, that needs an explanation. And Favre, who made an NFL-record 321 consecutive starts (including the playoffs) before sitting down, was only too willing to help out.
“I think it’s a tremendous honor to even be considered, first of all,” he said of the Hall. “But to be able to play in the National Football League in itself to me is an honor that not too many people get to experience. So my career doesn’t have to be capped off by the Hall of Fame.
“That’s not to say I don’t want to be in the Hall of Fame. I think every player would love to, me included. But what I’m saying is I’m just honored that I got a chance to do it and do it for so long and achieve so many things that I never dreamed of.
“I don’t know what else to say. And to be capped off not only by the Packer Hall of Fame but the (Pro Football) Hall of Fame is just … words can’t describe it.”