BILOXI-- It's been a busy 12 months for former Southern Miss and NFL quarterback Brett Favre, starting with his induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in the summer of 2015.
Favre, elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2016 in February, threw out the first pitch of the second inning at MGM Park for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos-Biloxi Shuckers baseball game Sunday to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
Favre fired a fastball to Brett Phillips, who caught the ball behind home plate. Favre played American Legion baseball for Gulfport as a teenager and played high school baseball for Hancock North Central. Of course, he made his mark with his right arm on the gridiron for the Packers and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
"It's a beautiful day,'' Favre said. "The ballpark is amazing. I've never been here before, never been inside. If I were playing minor league baseball, I'd want to be playing here. I'm here for a wonderful cause and something that is dear to our hearts. I'm just glad I got it across the plate.''
Favre will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.
"It's been a busy year,'' Favre said. "This all started with Green Bay and the player induction and then in Mississippi for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. And then going back in November for the jersey retirement at Green Bay.
"I had to go out to the Super Bowl, which I normally would not do unless I was playing. That was in San Francisco for the Hall of Fame announcement. There has been so much wonderful stuff and I'm honored by it. I don't seem retired."
Favre, originally a second-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 1991, also played with the Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets.