Brett Favre Bio And Facts

Brett Favre

Brett Favre was one of the most iconic quarterbacks of the 1990s and early 2000s. Playing the majority of his career as a Green Bay Packer, Favre was the quarterback for four different NFL teams over the course of twenty years. He started in every single game over an 18 and-a-half year span, holds records for most pass attempts and game starts, and won Super Bowl XXXI.

As a high schooler, Favre was offered few opportunities to play at the collegiate level. He attended Southern Mississippi, where he saw general success, but he was by no means a collegiate superstar. After Favre was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft, he found his way to the Green Bay Packers in 1992, where he began a 16-year stint as one of the premier quarterbacks in the league.

Favre retired after the 2010 season and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

  • Birthday: October 10, 1969 (10-10-1969)
  • Education: University of Southern Mississippi
  • Net Worth: $100 Million
  • Height: 6’2” (1.88 m)
  • Weight: 222 lbs (100.7 kg)
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Years Active: 1991-2010 (19 years)
  • Career Wins: 186
  • Career Losses: 112
  • Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings

Football Career

Brett Favre began his sports career playing baseball and football in middle school and played quarterback for his high school team coached by his father. As a youngster, he rarely threw the ball, as his team played a run-oriented style of play well-suited to their dominant running backs. Due to this, he wasn’t highly recruited, and the only scholarship offer he received was from Southern Mississippi. Though good in college, Favre was far from superstar status, especially early-on. Scouts started taking notice of Favre after a particularly spectacular upset against 10th-ranked Florida State.

Favre was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round. That Falcons team was far from perfect. In fact, it was about as far from an ideal situation for a young rookie as one can get, and Favre was relieved when he was traded to Green Bay in the 1992 season to begin what would become an incredible career. In his 16 seasons with Green Bay, he made eight Pro Bowl appearances, won three consecutive NFL MVP Awards, won a Super Bowl, and started almost every single game for the Packers.

Favre filed for retirement after the 2007 season concluded but decided to return to football before the start of the 2008 season. After agreeing to part ways with one another, the Packers traded Favre to the New York Jets for the 2008 season, where he had a mediocre season. Favre again decided to retire in April of 2009. However, his career was not quite done yet.

Favre returned for the 2009 season to play for the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings managed to advance to the NFC championship game, where Favre set playoff records for passing yards and completions. Favre’s final season was 2010, a season wherein he threw his 500th touchdown and 70,000th yard. The date of Favre’s official retirement from football was January 17, 2011.

Titles and Awards

Brett Favre had a career that spanned 20 years and four different teams, and his accolades are an avalanche of achievement. He is the owner of many NFL titles, including six-time All-NFC player, MVP in three consecutive years, and member of the NFL 1990 All-Decade team. When Favre retired, he was the NFL’s all-time passing leader, all-time quarterback wins leader and all-time touchdown pass leader. He was perhaps the most decorated quarterback in NFL history at the time of his retirement.

Favre’s all-time stats are mind-boggling. With over 300 games, 70,000 passing yards, and 500 touchdowns, he is one of the most accomplished to ever play the position of quarterback. His single-season stats are just as impressive. Favre managed six 4,000-yard seasons, nine seasons with a QB rating over 90.0, nine 30+ touchdown seasons, and appeared in 11 different Pro Bowls.

Brett Favre is a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer and holds the record for most NFL starts and most pass attempts. Favre was the first NFL quarterback to have at least one win against all 32 NFL franchises, and he was the first NFL quarterback to win a playoff game over the age of 40.

Personal Life

Brett Favre was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, on October 10, 1969, to Bonita Ann and Irvin Favre, both of whom were teachers.

Brett Favre’s personal life is one that has been scrutinized since he entered the NFL. Favre struggled with addiction for much of his adult life. In 1996, the NFL banned him from drinking alcohol after he revealed his addiction to painkillers, a ban that was the center of much controversy at the time.

Favre had dated his girlfriend Deanna since they were both 14 years old, and the two married in 1996. They have two daughters and multiple grandchildren.

Brett and Deanna established a charitable foundation, Favre 4 Hope, in 1995. The organization originally provided financial assistance to agencies that provide services for children with disabilities, but after Deanna was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, Favre 4 Hope has extended its mission to include agencies that help breast cancer survivors as well.

Fun Facts

  • Favre coached his local high school team (Oak Grove) after retirement as an assistant. They won the first game that he coached 64-6.
  • Favre is well-known for his incredible performances in the rain and snow. In fact, as a quarterback for Green Bay and Minnesota, his team was always given better odds to win whenever the weather was colder.
  • Brett Favre has a 19-0 record when playing against the Detroit Lions at his home stadium.
  • Favre’s foundation has raised over $8 million in donations.
  • Brett Favre’s only college football scholarship offer was to Southern Mississippi (where he would eventually attend), and it wasn’t to play quarterback; it was to play defensive back!
  • Before Favre's last year of college, he was in a devastating car accident that left him needing major surgery. Just six weeks later, he led his team to an upset win over Alabama.


How many times did Brett Favre retire?

Brett Favre retired from professional football three separate times. Retirement speculation started as early as 2002, but in 2008, Favre made his first “official” retirement from football. Favre would return by the start of the next season, however, this time as a New York Jet. After a disappointing career with the Jets, Favre retired again, and yet again returned to football by the start of the next season, this time as a Minnesota Viking. Favre retired for good at the conclusion of the 2010 NFL season.

How many records does Brett Favre have?

Brett Favre holds many current NFL records, including most consecutive starts, most pass attempts, most interceptions, most playoff starts, most fumbles, and most times sacked. When he retired, he also held records for most passing touchdowns and wins, but those records have since been broken by Drew Brees and Tom Brady. Favre holds almost every important quarterback stat for the Green Bay Packers, both for single-season stats and career stats.

Did Brett Favre win any Super Bowls?

Brett Favre won Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots in 1997. Going into those playoffs, the Packers were tied with the best record in the NFL, at 16-3, compared to the Patriots’ 13-6 record. Favre dominated, scoring three touchdowns (including one on the second play of the game) and leading his team to a 35-21 victory. Despite his dominant performance, Favre failed to win Super Bowl MVP. Favre also led the Packers to the Super Bowl the next year, where they lost to the Denver Broncos 31-24, a massive upset at the time.

How old was Brett Favre when he started playing football?

Favre played many sports as a young boy, starting football in eighth grade. His father was the coach of his high school team, a team that was dominated by very talented running backs. As a result, despite his incredible throwing arm, he passed very little during games, instead opting to run the ball. This lack of passing was one reason why he only received a single scholarship offer after high school.

How old was Brett Favre when he retired?

Brett Favre was 41 years old when he retired from the NFL for the final time in 2010. He retired after almost 20 years in the NFL and played for four teams. He retired after playing his last two seasons for the Minnesota Vikings.