Hometown NFL Legend Makes Hall of Fame
Former NFL Quarterback Brett Favre will make the official list of big names in football history on Saturday when he is inducted into the Hall of Fame.
News 25’s Gina Tomlinson visited his hometown in the Kiln where he’s very much a hero to many.
Brett Favre’s former high school assistant coach and current Hancock High head Coach Rocky Gaudin says the quarterback had a strong arm back in high school, but to know Favre would be a hall of famer back then,“I can tell you, no one probably saw this coming when he was in high school and probably in college.”
Coach Gaudin coached alongside Favre’s father, who he says always had confidence Favre would touchdown to fame. “Irv would say the best is yet to come.”
A USM standout, drafted into the National Football League by the Atlanta Falcons in 1991, Favre ended up spending 16 years with the Green Bay Packers.
On Saturday, Favre will be inducted into the NFL’s Hall of Fame. If you’ve been to the Kiln, it’s not hard to see the pride Favre’s hometown has for him. Some residents say Favre’s a role model for the kids here. Kiln resident Deborah Zuviceh said, “With everything going on in the world today, they have somebody from our town to look at and know that he’s made it.”
Kiln resident Horace Landrum tells News 25 Favre’s greatness stretches beyond the gridiron. His mother was buried with a photo and note from the NFL great after he made time to visit with her, an old family friend, before her passing. “It means a lot because he came by to see my mother at the nursing home.”
The football field at Hancock High School was named after Favre. Kiln residents say they can still catch him when he visits. “He stops by the Broke Spoke and Dolly’s and stuff,” said Zuviceh.
As this new benchmark moment draws near, a message from back where Favre started. “Can’t tell you how proud I am of you. Can’t tell you how proud your daddy is. I know your dad looks down on you every day and I know you know that and no matter what never forget where you came from,” said Gaudin.