Off Season Training
“I can still throw the ball as well as I ever have” Says Favre
HATTIESBURG — Brett Favre stood on the sidelines at M.M. Roberts Stadium this morning looking every bit as fit and energetic as the NFL quarterback who carved out a Hall of Fame career.
Could he still play? “I can still throw the ball as well as I ever have. No question about that,” said Favre as he gazed out at the youngsters assembled for his inaugural 7-on-7 football camp on the Southern Mississippi campus.
Does he want to play? “I don’t want to put my body through that anymore,” he said. “I’ve been beat up enough.”
Favre, 41, a former Southern Miss standout, spent 20 years in the NFL, accomplishing every milestone imaginable and then some. A three-time NFL Most Valuable Player, Favre holds records for most career passing yards (71,838); touchdown passes (508) and consecutive starts as quarterback (321 including playoffs). He led the Green Bay Packers to the Super Bowl championship following the 1996 season.
But on this blazing hot June morning, Favre’s focus was on the players from 24 high schools sent to participate in his first 7-on-7 camp. Schools from as far away as Texas City, Texas, made the trek to Hattiesburg for the one-day camp, which will raise money for the Favre 4 Hope Foundation and The University of Southern Mississippi Brett Favre Athletic Endowment Scholarship.
Gautier High rising senior Zach Robinson watched intently as Favre mingled with coaches and shouted encouragement to the players.
“This is just crazy, unbelievable that I’m standing this close to Brett Favre,” said Robinson, a starting wide receiver for the Gators. “I’ve been letting my friends know all about this on Facebook.”
It’s great seeing Brett stay busy this off season and even better to hear that he is committed to staying retired. The Vikings has a great run in the 09′ season but its obviously time for everyone to move on. Now we as fans just hold our breath and start the Christian Ponder era.