Football

How well do you know Brett Favre?

Southern Miss quarterback Brett Favre scrambles out of the pocket while looking for a receiver against Florida State in October 1987, when the Seminoles routed the Golden Eagles 61-10 in Hattiesburg in Favre’s freshman year. FSU romped past USM 49-13 in Tallahassee in 1988, but the fortunes of Favre and the Golden Eagles changed in the 1989 opener against the Seminoles.
Southern Miss quarterback Brett Favre scrambles out of the pocket while looking for a receiver against Florida State in October 1987, when the Seminoles routed the Golden Eagles 61-10 in Hattiesburg in Favre’s freshman year. FSU romped past USM 49-13 in Tallahassee in 1988, but the fortunes of Favre and the Golden Eagles changed in the 1989 opener against the Seminoles. Sun Herald/file

I would like to think I know Brett Favre trivia his NFL fans may not know.

I am including Green Bay Packers fans from Eau Claire and Oshkosh and other Wisconsin towns, and Minnesota Vikings fans from Minnetonka and Shakopee and other towns in the North Star State.

Sure, they can find Kiln, Mississippi, on the map now. Kiln is known as Favre’s hometown, but what do they know about his college years and the day he was drafted?

I had the golden opportunity to cover Southern Miss football games for the Sun Herald in Favre’s junior and senior seasons. I also covered his Draft Day and then wrote a story about his first NFL minicamp.

My knowledge from those memorable years — 1989 to 1991 — has led me to present a short test for any Favre fan because no one wants to take a long test during the first dog days of August.

I’ve come up with a quiz — the Go 4 Trivia Challenge — perhaps a test you might consider too trivial.

This quiz for the fourth day of August has just four questions about No. 4.

If you ace it, you are truly a Favre fanatic.

No fair Googling, Binging, Yahooing and YouTubing for clues. No fair, either, looking through sunherald.com archives or going right to the answers listed after the questions.

Questions

1. Name the USM player who caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Favre in the Golden Eagles’ 30-26 upset of the No. 6 Florida State Seminoles in the 1989 opener on a hot-as-blazes Labor Day weekend in Jacksonville.

2. Favre was involved in one of ESPN.com’s “Top 5 Memorable Moments” in college football history. What was the memorable moment?

3. Favre was one of the top NFL quarterback prospects after the 1990 season, his senior year at USM. The Favre family hosted an NFL Draft party in April 1991 at their home the day the Atlanta Falcons selected Favre in the second round. Where did the Favres live?

4. Favre participated in his first NFL minicamp shortly after he was drafted. He was the new teammate of such Falcons stars as cornerback Deion “Prime Time” Sanders and wide receiver Andre “Showtime” Rison. Favre got a nickname at the minicamp. What was it?

Answers

1. It was tight end Anthony Harris and the reception was the first of his college career. Favre, who was a junior, found Harris wide open in the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal with just 23 seconds left in the game.

The game, which was moved from Hattiesburg to Jacksonville after USM received $500,000, was shown on TBS and the win is considered the biggest in school history.

2. The memorable moment was the ending of the USM game at Louisville in October 1989. The Golden Eagles stunned the Cardinals 16-10 as Favre, who was nearly sacked, threw a 79-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game.

Favre’s Hail Mary bounced off the helmet of wide receiver Michael Jackson and into the hands of receiver Darryl Tillman, who raced to the end zone for the touchdown with no time left.

The video of the play is on the web. In 2010, a Louisville fan posted this comment on a site that showed the play:

And here is a comment posted on YouTube in 2015:

3. Favre’s hometown is often listed as Kiln, where he attended Hancock North Central High School, but the Favres lived in Fenton. It’s a community in Hancock County just north of Interstate 10.

Fenton is about three miles north of Diamondhead and seven miles east of Kiln. It’s on the map because of Irvin Favre Road.

When I was a sportswriter, I knew Brett’s father, Irvin, the football coach at Hancock North Central and the Gulfport American Legion baseball coach, and I would call him on occasion.

The family’s phone number was listed under Pass Christian, but when I was at the Favre NFL Draft party, I knew I was nowhere near the Pass. At the party, I asked Coach Favre for the name of the area and he told me it was Fenton.

So that’s what I go with. Consider it suburban Diamondhead or suburban Kiln.

4. “Prime Time” gave Favre the nickname “Country Time.” In 1996, Sanders told New York Times sportswriter Dave Anderson, “When Brett was in Atlanta, he was my boy.”

Their time as teammates lasted just one year. Favre was traded to the Packers after the 1991 season for a first-round draft choice and the Falcons used the pick in 1992 to select running back Tony Smith, Favre’s Southern Miss teammate.

I never knew that until I stumbled upon this story last week.

Of course, if you are truly a Favre fanatic, you knew the story.

Rison brought his “Showtime” to Green Bay in 1996 and caught a 54-yard touchdown pass from Favre in the Packers’ Super Bowl victory in New Orleans in January 1997.

Bonus question

If you made it through the Go 4 Trivia Challenge, I have a question based on a 1991 story I had forgotten. Thanks to Sun Herald sportswriter Patrick Ochs for bringing the story to my attention.

When Favre was negotiating to sign with the Falcons, he said he was also considering playing in the Canadian Football League. What CFL team was he looking at?

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

John Bialas: 228-896-2319, @johnbialas

  Comments