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Favre set to take his place among NFL's legends with Hall of Fame announcement

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 The Pro Football Hall of Fame is set to announce its class of 2016 and Green Bay Packers great Brett Favre is almost certain to be in the group.
MORRY GASH/ASSOCIATED PRESS The Pro Football Hall of Fame is set to announce its class of 2016 and Green Bay Packers great Brett Favre is almost certain to be in the group. AP

Brett Favre will receive his spot among the NFL's legends Saturday.

The class of 2016 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be announced Saturday evening and Favre is widely considered a shoo-in to be part of the group.

It's an honor for Favre that's been expected for much of the last two decades thanks to a durable 20-year career that made him arguably the greatest to wear the green and gold for the Green Bay Packers.

Favre reminisced Friday about a career that made him one of the most popular players in NFL history and the league's greatest iron man.

"I was one of those that thought I would play forever," Favre said on 'The Rich Eisen Show.' "But if you had said, 'I think you'll play 20 years,' that may have been too long. The wear and tear, it's just hard, physically, to be that good enough that long. Everything I've dreamed of or hoped would happen has come true and then some."

The Hall's class of 2016 will be announced at 8 p.m. on CBS during the "NFL Honors" presentation, but there's a good chance word of his selection will be reported earlier.

Favre is expected to become just the second Coast native inducted into the Hall, joining Detroit Lions cornerback Lem Barney, who played high school football at 33rd Avenue High School in Gulfport in the 1960's. He later attended Jackson State and became on of the NFL's great defensive backs once he entered the league in 1967.

Favre, a Hancock County native, will become the second former Southern Miss football player inducted into the Hall of Fame after Ray Guy became the first punter selected in 2014.

While the debate rages on as to who is the greatest quarterback in NFL history, Favre is at least in that discussion.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has recently surpassed many of his NFL career passing records, but Favre and Manning are still tied for the most wins as a starting quarterback in the regular season - 186.

Favre is also football's version of Lou Gehrig, setting the NFL mark of 297 consecutive starts. He battled through various injuries throughout his career to make starts for the Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.

He was the first NFL player with 500 career touchdown passes and 70,000 career passing yards.

Favre's relationship with the Packers became strained late in his career after he announced his retirement in 2007, only to return in 2008 with the Jets.

He also played the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, one of the Packers' biggest rivals.

He returned to Green Bay earlier this year for induction into the Packers' Hall of Fame and all hard feelings seemed to have faded.

On Friday, Favre told Eisen he's at peace with the Packers and where his career stands today.

"At this point in my life and career, things are really good," he said. "Two years ago, Green Bay was still looming. Everyone is OK with how things played out. At this point, everyone is OK."

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