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Deanna Favre will usher her husband into Hall of Fame

Video: Brett Favre is inducted into USM Alumni Hall of Fame

Brett Favre was inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi's Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at the Thad Cochran Center on the USM Hattiesburg campus.
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Brett Favre was inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi's Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at the Thad Cochran Center on the USM Hattiesburg campus.

The wait is over.

Soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre had kept most of the details about his induction to himself.

Last week, he was quoted by ESPN saying if he could, he’d have his father and high school coach, Irvin Favre, who died in 2003, present him on Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.

Brett Favre chose the next best option. Packers.com announced Tuesday that Favre will be presented by his wife, Deanna.

“Deanna is the best teammate I’ve ever had,” Favre said in a statement. “She has been by my side throughout this journey and I’m so excited that she gets to play such an important role for me.”

Added Deanna: “Serving as Brett’s presenter is a great honor. I am thrilled to be able share this special moment in time with him.”

It will be just the second time in Pro Football Hall of Fame history that a player’s wife has presented her husband, the Green Bay Packers said. Chicago Bears linebacker Mike Singletary was presented by his wife, Kim, in 1998.

Rounding out the class

Other inductees and presenters this year include Kevin Greene (Dom Capers, former coach), Eddie DeBartolo (Lisa DeBartolo, daughter), Tony Dungy (Donnie Shell, former teammate), Marvin Harrison (Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner), Orlando Pace (Justin Pace, son), Ken Stabler (John Madden, Hall of Fame coach) and Dick Stanfel (Marv Levy, Hall of Fame coach).

‘Big Irv’

In a recent interview with ESPN, Favre said he would have liked his father, “Big Irv,” to present him. Irvin Favre, however, died of a heart attack on Dec. 21, 2003, at the age of 58.

“My dad would have been, he definitely would have been doing it,” Favre said Tuesday according to ESPN.com. “And I’ll talk about that during the induction.”

During Favre’s illustrious career, which spanned stints with the Atlanta Falcons, the Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, the former North Hancock Central and Southern Miss standout threw for 71,838 yards and 508 touchdowns.

Southern Miss opened the tournament with a win over Old Dominion in Hattiesburg on Wednesday. Video by Tim Isbell/Sun Herald

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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