A viral tweet has detailed the amazing story about how Brett Favre made the switch from defensive back to quarterback in college.
Favre is one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in NFL history, winning three MVP awards and one Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers (in the 1996 season). At the time of his retirement, Favre was the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns.
The @_MLFootball Twitter account retold the story of the University of Southern Mississippi bringing in Favre with the idea of making him a defensive back. Favre sought a chance to play quarterback, and he willingly accepted their offer to start out as a seventh-stringer.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Favre took over as the starting QB of Southern Mississippi in 1987. That year, he tossed 1,264 yards and 15 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. He broke out the following year by completing 55.8 percent of pass attempts for 2,271 yards and 16 touchdowns against five interceptions.
Over his four seasons at Southern Mississippi, Favre completed 52.4 percent of pass attempts for 7,695 yards and 52 touchdowns against 34 interceptions.
The Atlanta Falcons drafted Favre 33rd overall in 1991. A year later, they traded him to the Packers in what turned out to be one of the most lopsided trades in NFL history. Favre played for the Packers from 1992 to 2007, going 160-93-0 as the starter with 61,655 passing yards and 442 touchdowns.
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