Brett Favre offers sage advice to 2019 NFL Draft class
Brett Favre, now a 49-year-old grizzled graybeard who last played in the NFL in 2010, still remembers the day he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the 33rd pick in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft.
Favre was the featured speaker at a recent event at Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he once attended. Favre, who is legendary for spinning yarns, of course was happy to dispense some sage advice to the 2019 NFL Draft class.
“The best thing that served me (entering the NFL Draft) was that I was naive … I didn’t realize the odds were stacked against me,” Favre said, via the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. “All I knew is, ‘If I get a chance, it’s over. Just give me an opportunity, somebody.'”
The Falcons were the team who gave him that opportunity, and the hilariously iconic photograph of a jorts-wearing Favre relaxing on a bed with supporters surrounding him while taking the call became the stuff of legend.
There are a lot of great draft day phone call scenes. NOTHING will ever top Brett Favre in 1991 pic.twitter.com/jgkAf0KHij— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 25, 2017
Favre’s philosophy of finding joy in the game became his calling card as he rose to iconic status after being traded to the Green Bay Packers and enjoying a Hall of Fame Career. After all, the legendary John Madden, among countless others, routinely said things like, “Look at Brett Favre, he’s just having fun out there,” while the gunslinger whipped the football around the field.
When asked what advice he would offer to today’s young athletes, Favre relied upon his own experiences.
“I was accused early in my career of having too much fun and not being serious,” Favre said. “I understand where some of the older guys were coming from. There was no way I would ever step on the football field unprepared. But, if you go out there and are prepared and do all you can do, now it’s time to have fun. If you love doing something and are prepared, by all means have fun. That’s what I did.”