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Brett Favre Hall of Fame Speech | 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame | NFL

Brett Favre Hall of Fame Speech | 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame | NFL
this is thank you thank you i'm going to ask mike mccarthy and ted thompson if i could play the first series tomorrow night all this excitement's got me wanting to call ed werder and spread the word again but thank you so much thank you i'm not surprised one bit at the packer fans here this is incredible incredible so i thank you thank you canton thank you

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thank you jesus christ my lord and savior believe me i'm blessed i i'm a extremely blessed man i look at my family um what a lucky man to play a game that i love so much for 20 years to have all the wonderful things happen what a blessing to share in that and that joy with you guys here tonight uh what an incredible night what an incredible week and having my wife introduce me was an easy choice considering she was there long before my first touchdown pass long after the last december 18 1983 was 14 years old my dad took my older brother scott and i to to see the last regular season game the saints would play that year as they were playing the rams now i was pretty certain at 14 years old what i was going to do in my future and that was i was going to be the next roger stahlbach or archie manning or joe montana um but this was the first and only game that i would ever see in person and if the saints won this game they would have made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history so it was a pretty electric crowd and as we sat in our seats prior to kickoff the crowd stood and they...
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pointed in the direction of the saints tunnel and as i stood i saw this long gray-haired scruffy beard player emerging from the tunnel and i knew then and there as goosebumps ran up my arm and the hair on the back of my neck stood up that that was what i was destined to do and be i wanted to be that player well that player happened to be none other than kenny stabler i i knew that of course i didn't have many choices it was

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baseball or bust for me i didn't have many choices but i knew then and there that i wanted to be and feel what kenny stabler was feeling what an exciting moment for me the other part about this story that's important is when we return home that night what we didn't know is our mother had set up a surprise birthday party for my older brother scott who was turning 17. well i am knowing unknowingly entered the house first to a large eruption of surprise and of course it was not my birthday and as you can imagine a 14 year old boy in that situation with all his classmates there was red-faced and embarrassed and i was looking for the quickest way to get to my bedroom so as i bolted and ducked my head and made my way through all of our classmates there was one person that caught my eye and one person only well it didn't matter i went hid my room and as i got up the nerve to come out later that person and i we played basketball we we talked we played basketball we talked and several days later as we used to say back in the day we...
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started going together well that person happened to be my future wife deanna by far the strongest and most courageous person i know she's a wonderful mother of two daughters an exceptional athlete not only then but now as she most recently is competing in an ironman in the next two months which is incredible definitely a strong woman of faith she fought cancer in the public eye and not only won but she managed managed to inspire so many including myself along the way she in the process she formed her own foundation that has helped countless women in their fight with breast cancer as well and i'll say this she's definitely the best looking grandmother i have ever seen as our two grandsons are here parker and aj and i know they're ready to go to bed and they want paw paw to stop talking right now but i one more thing about my wife she's as beautiful today and i'm not gonna say her age because i got in trouble last year in green bay for saying that but she's as beautiful today as she was december 18 1983 in my living room our two daughters are here i mentioned my grandsons our oldest daughter brittany who is uh now an attorney back in hattiesburg and extremely bright and beautiful young lady and i'm so happy she takes after her mother she's as i said she's a mother of two beautiful grandsons who i see you smiling buddy i love you her husband alex is here we couldn't we couldn't be more proud of we love alex to death um and...
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we're so thankful that you're here our youngest daughter breely just turned 17 and just started her senior year of high school last week and man i can't believe how time flies for all of us up here who have children we find that they they grow up and they're out the house very quickly and the things that our parents said to us that we said yeah right mom yeah right dad well they come true and so the same things i tell my daughters and have told them love them while you can they grow up quickly really is an exceptional volleyball player she has not made up her mind yet where she's going and like her sister she's extremely bright and beautiful and again i'm glad she takes after her mother my mother-in-law who for 33 34 years has been by far my biggest fan i have never thrown an interception that has been my fault according to according to my mother-in-law ann we all know her as mo mo she's helped raise our kids she's lived with us in new york and minnesota and green bay and she's helped raise grandkids other people's kids you name it she's one of the most patient loving women you'll ever not even halfway through uh help me out here kevin kevin give me some water you got some water sorry about that by the way i'm glad you're on my team now anyway loans is not alcohol anyway my mother-in-law who i love dearly as well as the rest of my family my sister-in-law christy deanna's younger sister her husband josh are here...
and i can't tell you how many times they've helped us and made life so much easier for us over my 20 years of playing so i thank you guys my mother who just recently had her hip replaced and by no means was she going to be put on waivers for this she was going to be here she is here my mother taught me that being there for your children my mother taught me that being there for your children is absolutely important i never not one time remember my parents ever not being there at a sporting event any school function you name it they were always there we ate dinner together we ate breakfast together we rode to school together we did everything together and that's something that has been lost in this generation i watched my mother teach special education at hancock north central high school for many many years and at that time i didn't appreciate the patience and the type of person that it takes to to do that type of job but but i learned by watching her and being around her students that treating everyone as an equal and with respect is not only important but essential so mom i say thank you i love you mom was the one who always told us she loved us and was a caregiver and you had to know my father he was the heavy-handed one so it was a good blend one two punch but mom i love you and thank you so much my two brothers scott and jeff my sister brandi they're sitting here in the front row i think they all would agree i love him so much it was it was definitely...
a fun childhood we competed we fought we ate we competed we fought we ate we loved each other at the end of the day and we got up the next morning and we started it all over again but it was wonderful and i wouldn't trade it for anything and i love you guys so much thank you my agent bus i'm always reluctant to introduce him as my agent because it sounds like it's so non-personal and bus is family and he's families not only me but he's family to my entire family he's the best at what he does and he's been like a friend a brother a father at different times over the 30 years we've known each other so bus i love you and thank you for for many years and last but certainly not least is my father and i'll tell you of course it's been talked about a lot the oakland game and that i'll tell you a story my father would have introduced me here tonight and deanna and i had after the game in oakland had chartered a plane our two daughters had went to mississippi she flew out late saturday night and was there throughout we had chartered playing back from oakland to get christmas gifts back in green bay take a brief nap and go to the service and christmas back in mississippi and on the and let me say this first about nfl fans oakland raider fans in particular that night and i have played in oakland before and i think everyone here who has played in oakland either as the home team or the away team will all agree they can be downright nasty...
i've seen it i've witnessed it but i'll say this that night the tremendous respect and honor that was shown to me and my family from the oakland raider fans was spectacular and although we didn't ask for it deanna and i got a police escort to the airport that i can promise you would have made any president proud so i say thank you from the bottom of my heart but on our our on our flight back it was a long flight as you can imagine there was a lot of emotions as we just won the game and and it was probably the best game that i've ever played in but that really didn't matter at that point and we laughed we cried we tried to sleep we laughed and we cried and one time in particular deanna says to me you had to know my father my father was short on praise and long on tough love he if he if he was ever to praise me i was not to hear it it was always you can do better he was always pushing me to be better that was okay never did i hear him say son you've arrived you're the best that was awesome great game it was always yeah but so deanna says to me on the plane you know your dad had said to me that he had hoped or could not wait for the day that you were inducted into the

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so he could introduce you and up until that moment i had never thought about the

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i say this with the utmost respect for all you guys i had dreamed of playing the nfl believe me way more than i thought about my my...
schoolwork i thought about being archie manny running around throwing underhand passes i thought about being my childhood favorite roger stallback throwing it to preston pearson to drew pearson handing it off to tony dorsett being kenny stabler coming out of the tunnel i thought of those things so many times but i never thought of the

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until that moment and so a new goal had entered my mind then and there and i said to myself i will make it to the whole thing that i would make it to the

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so i could acknowledge the fact of how important he was this is tougher than any third and 15 i can assure you so i could not acknowledge the importance of him and my career in my life which he was a tremendous part of my life he taught me toughness boy did he teach me toughness trust me there was no room for crybabies in our house he taught me teamwork and by all means no player was ever more important than a team and my father for those who don't know chose to run the wishbone with some of you younger generation people do not even know what that is but it never entailed throwing but that was the type of coach he was and i was the type of dad he was he would never showcase his son's talents or anyone else's talents for their good rather than the team's good and so then in there in that moment on that plane i was determined for selfish reasons to get to this point to acknowledge how important he was i would not be here before you today without my father...
there's no doubt whatsoever and one more thing about my father and this is something i've never told anyone including deanna my dad was my high school

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coach he coached me and my two brothers but i i never had a car growing up i always rode to and from school with my father and his truck and so he was always the last to leave the building because he had to turn the lights off lock up and then we made our way home so it was the last high school

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game of my high school career and although i don't remember how i played before and i don't remember how i played in the last game what i do remember is sitting outside the coach's office say on a wednesday waiting for my father to come out so we could leave it was dark and i overheard my father talking to the three other coaches and hurting and i assume i didn't play as well the previous week only because of what he said and he said i can assure you one thing about my son he will play better he will redeem himself i know my son he has it in him and i never let him know that i heard that i never said that to anyone else but i thought to myself that's a pretty good compliment you know my chest kind of swole up and i again i never told anyone but i i never forgot that statement and that comment that he made to those other coaches and i want you to know dad i spent the rest of my career trying to redeem myself ah i'm i'm working on it i'm trying to get...
through it but i spent the rest of my career trying to redeem myself and make him proud and i hope i succeeded thank you thank you so never discount the importance of being a father and statements that you make whether you think your kids here just you're very important to your children and the lesson is we come and go very quickly so love them each and every day now i want to thank some people first i want to thank the university of southern mississippi those of you who don't know i was offered one scholarship and that was southern miss and i was happy to take it and i was determined to prove them right jim carmony curly

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man jack white rodney allison jeff bauer stephen maples were coaches that made an impact on my my college life i wouldn't trade my four years at southern miss for anything and i'm also extremely honored to follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest nfl players of all time and one of the certainly one of the greatest southern miss players of all time and that's ray guy there's two coaches in particular that were at southern miss at the time that meant more than anyone mark mchale was offensive line coach and mark was recruiting recruited the area of the mississippi gulf coast in which i played and he fought tooth and nail to give me a scholarship and it came down to the last hour and when i say last hour i literally mean last hour and he fought and he believed in me and i thank him so much he's coaching high school

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back in west virginia probably watching right now so coach i thank you so much for believing in me and sticking it out and giving me that opportunity the second coach is a guy who has since passed away and his name is famous coleman and as we call him back then famous famous was a great guy and i found out this story this was a story that ron wolf would later tell me after i started playing in green bay he came down after my senior year to watch film of my senior season and i believe ron at the time was with the jets and was looking for a quarterback and he after he watched his his film of my senior year upon leaving the building famous coleman said well ron what did you think and ron wolf said not that impressed we said i'm not sure if you know

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had a really bad car wreck right before the start of this season he lost 34 inches in of his intestines he fractured a vertebrae in his back not only is it was he not supposed to play we didn't think he would and he suffered other injuries as well but he did start four years for us and i encourage you to go back in and watch the three previous years well ron wolf took his advice and went back in and watched the film and upon leaving famous coleman said well what did you think and as i like to say the rest is history so thank you coach coleman and thank you ron wolf and speaking of ron wolf i stood right back there on the back of this stage last year and i watched ron wolfe be inducted into the

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not have been more proud ron wolf ron wolf is the single most important person to the packers rebirth than any other person out there player coach gm it had been almost 25 years since the packers that had any success when ron wolf took over and since then we all know what the packers have done without ron wolf mike holmgren would not have coached in green bay there would not have been a

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that would not have been a far of the sharp driver in brooks freeman chamura p jackson course 11s edgar bennett frank winters santana dotson andre wright the list goes on and on the single biggest free agent acquisition in nfl history is reggie white and as i like to say ron wolf made it cool to come to green bay so i thank you ron for believing in me seeing something in me that others didn't see probably including myself and sticking your neck out there for one of the riskiest and craziest trades in nfl history when you decided to trade a first round pick for me with atlanta so i say thank you ron i love you you mean more to me than anyone the man he hired mike holmgren the greatest head coach i've ever played for i see him sitting with my good friend matt hasselbeck we both can attest he's one of the toughest and most demanding coaches you will ever be around he's a true perfectionist and i'm sure steve and joe would say the same thing but he was a very fair guy and i know that because could you imagine being mike holmgren and leaving san francisco tremendous...
success coaching two of the greatest players of all time joe montana and steve young and getting stuck with

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now i thought i was good but i had no idea what good was and i am so thankful that mike chewed my ass but believed enough in me to give me another chance because there were many times he could have and should have pulled me and had he done that there's probably someone else standing here before you talking so i'm thankful mike for you and believe it in me three three other coaches and there were so many other coaches and they told me eight to ten minutes and i got every one of these guys clocking me right now i'm going for a world record and i don't give a damn i love you chris i love you ken johnson the best man of my wedding the strength coach for the packers at that time he's now with san diego i love you kent and steve mariucci who's out here somewhere mooch and andy reed who was here a couple nights ago those guys could not have been more important at that time in my career and they were not they're not only awesome coaches but they're great guys i needed a buffer if you will when it came to mike and quite frankly he needed a buffer and there was none better than mooch and andy and i love those guys and i thank you so much for for believing in me and being there for me you know like orlando coach dungy kevin i want the guys that i play with to stand up i'd love to call each and every one of you out by name and this is...
college too if there's one stand up if there's 100 stand up i love you guys i love you let me tell you and this may not be a secret i love playing with you guys it was a blast i love carrying you off on the firemen carry i love tackling you i love slapping marco in the ass i loved it i loved it and he loved it too and for everyone up here they would all agree that's what it's all about not necessarily slapping them on ass but loving your teammates competing fighting scratching tough losses tough wins man that's what it's all about you know i mean i loved it and i love you guys the fans the fans thank you thank you thank you thank you i tell you packer fans are pretty special um i often wondered what it was like when mike and matt hasselbeck came back to play when they were with seattle and then i found out it ain't easy it ain't easy but i thank you so much from atlanta to minnesota 20 years make no mistake about it i will be remembered as a packer when i went to green bay last year and my family and i we walked on the field i'll be honest with you i didn't know what to expect as i went back the last time i walked in lambeau it wasn't real pretty so i i honestly didn't know what it would be like i do know packer fans and i know how faithful they are but i did play for the the vikings but when i walked out on that field settle down so now when i walked on the field i have to admit 70 000 people not not there to watch a game but...
to celebrate a career of a player was absolutely amazing and you're to be commended for that and so i thank all the fans across the country and in particular you guys and it leads me to my reflection over my 20 years and believe me i had a blast and i think anyone who watched me play would say that sometimes maybe a little too much but but what i'm most proud of what i think about most has nothing to do with statistics although who would have ever thought that a young man from kill mississippi whose father ran the wishbone would hold every passing record in nfl history at one time pretty doggone amazing if you ask me but but what but that's not what makes me most proud what makes me most proud is how i played the game and being real authentic and spontaneous and loving the game to me is what it was all about i couldn't believe that they paid us and that i was racking up statistics like i was i was just having fun and i'm most proud of that and so when i look back over my 20 years i can honestly tell you i can't tell you a lot but i can honestly tell you that i hold no regrets did we win every game no did i make every throw no that i make mistakes more than i care to count but i can say this there was never one time where i did not give it all i could you know and i i've said this to my daughters and i say it to any young person out there who is playing sports don't ever look back and regret not doing your best don't ever look back and...
because there are no second chances when you're 25 and you wish you would have done something in high school it's too late don't cheat yourself don't cheat your teammates work as hard as you possibly can lay it all on the line and whatever happens happens but you won't look back and regret i don't regret anything it's not to say it was perfect i don't regret anything and that's what i'm most proud of and i say thank you again