GREEN BAY (WKOW) — One the the Green Bay Packers’ most beloved players in team history, Brett Favre, turns 50 today.
Favre, who now lives in Sumrall, outside of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on this Oct. 10, 1969.
After receiving only one scholarship offer out of high school, Favre played four years at Southern Miss before being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 1991 NFL draft.
But over in Green Bay, General Manager Ron Wolf had is eye on the young gun-slinger, and traded a first round pick in 1992 to the Falcons for Favre. The trade would define both Favre and Wolf’s careers.
Favre’s first start as Packer came in the fourth game of the ’92 season when he took over for injured QB Don Majkowski. Favre went on to play in the next 297 games, the longest streak in NFL history.
Favre led the team to two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XXXI 35-21 over the Patriots, and losing to Denver, the following year, 31-24.
After leaving the Packers in 2008, Favre played one season with the Jets and and two seasons with the Vikings.
Favre, along with Aaron Rodgers and Bart Starr, are the only quarterbacks to lead the Packers to Super Bowl victories.
(Below, file photo, Brett and Diana Favre wave to fans in July, 18, 2015, after his induction into the Packers Hall of Fame)