Brett Favre Elected to NFL Hall of Fame first year on ballot

Green Bay, Wis.--Brett Favre, who played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers for 16 seasons and became the sixth player in franchise history to have his number retired, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made today by the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.

“The Green Bay Packers organization and all our fans congratulate Brett on his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “Brett was a one-of-a-kind player with an approach to the game that endeared him not only to Packers fans, but also to millions of football fans across the world. He’s one of the game’s all-time greats and this honor is well deserved. We look forward to his enshrinement ceremony in August.”

Favre played for Green Bay from 1992-2007 and finished his Packers career with 442 passing touchdowns, 61,655 passing yards, 5,377 completions and 8,754 attempts – all NFL records at the time. He started 253 consecutive games for the Packers, and his 16 seasons matched QB Bart Starr (1956-71) for the longest tenure in team history. Favre led the Packers to 11 playoff appearances, seven division titles, two NFC championships and one Super Bowl title.

Originally the 33rd overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft by Atlanta, Favre played for three other NFL franchises (Falcons, 1991; New York Jets, 2008; Minnesota Vikings, 2009-10) and finished his pro career with 71,838 passing yards, 6,300 completions, 10,169 attempts, 508 passing touchdowns and 298 consecutive games started – all NFL records as of his retirement in 2010. His 18 consecutive seasons with 3,000 or more yards passing and 23 games with four or more touchdown passes were also NFL bests when he retired. Favre was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and was named NFL Most Valuable Player and first-team All-Pro three times.

Favre is the 24th member of the Packers to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“We were very fortunate to have someone like Brett Favre come along, and it was a controversial move when Ron Wolf sent a first-round draft choice to Atlanta for a third-string quarterback. But it turned out to be the best trade in Packers history and maybe one of the top trades in the history of the National Football League. What I am most thankful for is Brett gave us 16 wonderful years of exciting, winning football, and of all the records he set, I think the most amazing was the 253 consecutive starts at quarterback. He was playing the most difficult position in the toughest sport and every Sunday he was ready to give everything he had for this franchise. That turned out to be two trips to the Super Bowl and three MVPs, and it was really a remarkable career. When you look back at the problems we had in Green Bay in the 1970s and 1980s, you have to thank him because it was Brett Favre, Reggie White, Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren that formed the foundation to bring this franchise back to elite status.”

-Packers Chairman Emeritus Bob Harlan

“When I traded for Brett Favre I thought he would be sensational. He became incomparable. They say that old Yankee Stadium was the house that Ruth built. Well, the Lambeau Field reconstruction is the house that Favre built.”

-Former Packers Vice President and General Manager Ron Wolf

“Congratulations to Brett on his selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is a once in a generation type of player. He was also a great teammate and his contributions and impact on Green Bay and the NFL are remarkable. This is a well-deserved honor and a great day for football.”

-Packers EVP, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson

“Selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is another incredible and well-deserved honor for Brett. He belongs among the greatest players in the history of the game. It was a privilege to work with Brett during his spectacular career with the Green Bay Packers. Congratulations Brett, Deanna and the Favre family.”

- Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy