Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Packers Believe in Favre Star Quarterback Grew into Winner

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Packers Believe in Favre Star Quarterback Grew into Winner

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NEW ORLEANS -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre has won

the NFL MVP two years running. He has thrown 110 touchdown

passes in three seasons, and he's a cult hero in Wisconsin where

his autograph fetches $75 a signature.

He's also worried about losing his job.

Strange? Perhaps. But to know Favre is to understand that the

competitive drive -- that desire to succeed -- is what made him

the NFL's best quarterback. And tomorrow, when the Packers meet

the New England Patriots, Favre's competitive fire will be there

for the whole world to see.

"How many times have we seen a guy who is on top of the world,

and a year or two later, you never hear from him anymore?,"

Favre asked. "So I always motivate myself by saying, 'A couple

of bad games and you're easily forgotten.' And that's true. You

know a lot of people say, 'You're crazy.' But no, I'm not.

"You're never that good. You're never that good and don't ever

admit it. I mean the day you start thinking you're the best and

you'll be here forever is the day you lose your job. It keeps me

on top of my game and that's where I want to stay for a long

time."

It's a refreshing attitude in this current NFL, where money is

the primary motivation.

"He's got a great, burning desire," Packers offensive

coordinator Sherman Lewis said.

Favre has been that way all his life. Growing up in Kiln,

Miss., about an hour's drive from New Orleans, Favre was raised

by a father, Irving, who was a coach all his life.

Sports was a way of life in the Favre household, and Brett

loved the competition.

"Whether it was football, baseball or school, he had a hunger

to be the best," said Billy Ray Dedeaux, Favre's fourth-grade

teacher.

Football was always his favorite. Favre and his brothers would

have tackle pickup games in the street. Until teeth started

missing. Then they became touch games.

Favre always pretended he was Roger Staubach in the Super Bowl,

playing for the Dallas Cowboys. His brothers were always Terry

Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers. …

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