Brett Favre returned to a familiar script onApril 21, 1991, during an anxious afternoon at hisparents’ home in rural Hancock County.
Projected as the top quarterback prospect bynumerous NFL scouts, Favre wasn’t selected untilthe second round when the Atlanta Falcons madethe record-setting Southern Mississippi player thethird quarterback chosen.
Virtually ignored by Division I schools after anoutstanding prep career at Hancock North Central,Favre again found himself underrated by theexperts as the Seattle Seahawks made San DiegoState quarterback Dan McGwire the first quarterbackchosen (with the 16th pick in the first round.)
The Los Angeles Raiders shocked the expertsby taking troubled Southern Cal quarterbackTodd Marinovich with their first-round pick (24thoverall).
“In my opinion, I’m going in here as anunderdog,” Favre said. “I was passed up twice byAtlanta in the first round, 25 times by other teams. Two quarterbacks went ahead of me.
“One of them (Marinovich) didn’t even knowif he was going to be in the draft this year. Nowhe goes ahead of me. It’s like coming out of highschool. I was passed up and I proved myself. NowI’ve got to do it again. I’m not going in as a big star.”
Favre, who gathered with family, friends andmedia, finally got the call at 4:30 p.m., five-andhalfhourse after the draft began.
The Falcons made him the 33rd pick overall.