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Two points of pride for Gulfport

Brett Favre looks for a receiver during game against Texas A&M in Jackson. Favre passed for over 1,000 yards in each of seasons as a Golden Eagle.
Brett Favre looks for a receiver during game against Texas A&M in Jackson. Favre passed for over 1,000 yards in each of seasons as a Golden Eagle. ttisbell@sunherald.com File

Saturday night’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony gives Gulfport a couple of reasons to be proud as the city can lay claim to two inductees, Brett Favre and Ken Stabler.

Favre and Stabler will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Canton, Ohio.

Favre’s induction is the culmination of something most fans considered inevitable at least since he led the Green Bay Packers to a victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI in 1997, if not before that.

Although Favre is widely recognized as being from The Kiln in Hancock County, he was actually born in Gulfport in 1969.

Also being inducted Saturday is legendary quarterback and Foley, Ala.-native Stabler, who played for the University of Alabama before going on to an illustrious NFL career with the Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers and finally the New Orleans Saints.

Sometime after he retired, Stabler moved to Gulfport with Kim Ross-Bush.

“The title I use is his life partner,” Bush told KQED, a Northern California media earlier this year. “We were too old to be girlfriend-boyfriend.”

Stabler died last year in Gulfport after a battle with cancer.

On Saturday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will enshrine Favre, an NFL quarterback who was born in Gulfport, and Ken Stabler, an NFL quarterback who died in Gulfport.

Scott Hawkins: 228-896-2424, @ScottHawkins4

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