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Going gold: Brett Favre gets sized for Hall of Fame jacket

By PATRICK OCHS

pochs@sunherald.com

Twitter: PatrickOchs

The Pro Football Hall of Fame doesn't waste any time.

With the enshrinement ceremony Aug. 6, South Mississippi's Brett Favre is already preparing.

Throughout Monday morning, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Twitter account documented Favre's day of early prep work, which included getting sized for his jacket and "Ring of Excellence" and a sit-down interview.

The former Hancock North Central High School and Southern Miss gun-slinger received 80 percent of the 46-member selection committee's vote on Saturday and will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio during the weekend of Aug. 4-7.

With the vote, Favre became the 14th first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback.

The previous first-ballot quarterbacks were Starr in 1977, Johnny Unitas in '79, George Blanda in '81, Roger Staubach in '85, Terry Bradshaw in '89, Dan Fouts in '93, Joe Montana in 2000, Jim Kelly in '02, John Elway in '04, Dan Marino and Steve Young in '05, and Troy Aikman and Warren Moon in '06.

One quarterback, Sammy Baugh, was in the charter class of 1963.

Favre is remembered for his longevity almost as much as his on-field heroics after starting 322 of 326 games in his 20-year career, posting a 199-123 record.

He ranks first in league history in completions (6,300), second in yards (71,838) and touchdown passes (508), eighth in games played (302) and 22nd in passer rating (86.0). Never afraid to take a chance at the big play, he's also first in NFL history in interceptions (336) and fumbles (166).

In 16 seasons with Green Bay, the Packers claimed seven division titles, 11 playoff berths, 12 winning seasons and a Super Bowl title in 1996.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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