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One step closer: Brett Favre named Hall of Fame finalist

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 Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans was Brett Favre's coming out party. Packer fans were allowed the luxury of seeing the Super Bowl as well making a cheesehead trip to The Kiln.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans was Brett Favre's coming out party. Packer fans were allowed the luxury of seeing the Super Bowl as well making a cheesehead trip to The Kiln. THE SUN HERALD

Former Southern Miss and Hancock North Central High quarterback Brett Favre, who spent most of his 20-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, has been named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016.

The 15 modern-era Hall of Fame Finalists were announced Thursday night.

Other finalists included former New Orleans Saints kicker Morten Andersen, safety Steve Atwater, coach Don Coryell, running back Terrell Davis, coach Tony Dungy, guard Alan Faneca, linebacker Kevin Greene, receiver Marvin Harrison, tackle Joe Jacoby, running back Edgerrin James, safety John Lynch, receiver Terrell Owens, tackle Orlando Pace and quarterback Kurt Warner.

They're joined by quarterback Kenny Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel, who were senior finalists announced in August, and owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., a contributor finalist announced in September.

The entire Hall of Fame class will be announced Feb. 6, a day before the 50th Super Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif. The Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony will be Aug. 4-7 in Canton, Ohio.

Favre became eligible for the Hall of Fame this year and is considered a lock for induction into the Class of 2016.

The three-time NFL MVP retired as the NFL's career passing leader. Among the records Favre held include 508 touchdown passes, 71,838 yards and 186 victories. Denver Broncos' starter Peyton Manning broke most of Favre's records this season.

Favre, 46, was a second-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1991 NFL Draft. A year later, Favre was traded to the Green Bay Packers, eventually won a Super Bowl in 1996. He remained with the Packers until 2007.

Favre played a season with the New York Jets and finished the final two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings in 2010.

Green Bay retired Favre's number four on Thanksgiving night at Lambeau Field.

"It is Thanksgiving and I have so much to be thankful for," Favre said that night. "I think back to our time in Green Bay. I certainly thank God for giving me the opportunity to play the game for so long and in the best place to play football."

Favre thanked his family and teammates in attendance, saying "that jersey retirement is shared by those guys."

During the ceremony, Favre said his only regret was not being able to play longer for Mike Holmgren, who coached Favre and the Packers from 1992-98 before leaving for Seattle. Favre believed the two could have won more than just one championship had they remained together in Green Bay.

The Class of 2016 finalists were selected from a group of 25 semifinalists, which was reduced from an original list of 108 modern-era nominees.

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