• Faith: Christian - Catholic
  • Career: Athlete
  • Birthday:  October 10, 1969

Brett Favre is a former football quarterback who played in the NFL for 20 seasons, primarily with the Green Bay Packers. He has 321 consecutive starts from 1992 to 2010, including 297 regular season games, the most in league history. Favre was also the first NFL quarterback to obtain 70,000 yards, 10,000 passes, 6,000 completions, 500 touchdowns, and victories over all 32 teams.

Favre played college football at the University of Southern Mississippi and was selected in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, where he spent one season as a backup. When he was traded to the Packers, he became their starter early in the 1992 season and revitalized a franchise that had been in a period of decline since the late 1960s. During his 16 seasons with Green Bay, Favre led the team to 11 playoff appearances, seven division titles, four NFC Championship Games, two consecutive Super Bowl appearances, and one championship title in Super Bowl XXXI, the team’s first in nearly 30 years.

Favre was traded in 2008 to the New York Jets, where he played one year and spent his last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. His 2009 campaign for the Vikings saw him guide the team to a division title and NFC Championship game appearance while having one of his strongest statistical seasons. When he retired, Favre was the NFL leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and quarterback wins and holds the record for interceptions. From 1995 to 1997, Favre was named MVP three times, the most the award was consecutively received.

He also received 11 Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pro selections. In 2016, Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2022, Favre faced controversy for the Mississippi welfare funds scandal after investigations determined that $8 million intended for welfare programs went to Favre or causes he championed. He’s denied the allegations and filed a defamation lawsuit against the State Auditor of Mississippi and two media personalities over their coverage of him.

What religion is Brett Favre?

Favre is a Roman Catholic and credits his faith to facing adversity throughout his life. During his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his wife, Deanna, presented him with the prestigious gold jacket and formally introduced him at the induction ceremony, the second NFL wife to do so. Favre said about the decision to have his wife participate, “Deanna is the best teammate I’ve ever had. She has been by my side throughout this journey, and I’m so excited that she gets to play such an important role for me.”

Deanna shared a story about how she and Favre found out she was pregnant at 19 while Favre was the starting quarterback at Southern Mississippi University, and they weren’t ready to be parents. She said her friends pressured her to get an abortion, but she refused. Deanna said it was she and Favre’s shared Catholic faith that ultimately convinced them not to have an abortion.She gave birth to their first daughter, Brittany. They remained together throughout Favre’s success in college and the NFL and got married in 1996 at the height of his career with the Green Bay Packers.

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