American football player Brett Favre was named the National Football League (NFL) player of the year in 1995 and 1996. After the 1996 regular season, the Green Bay Packers quarterback led his team past the New England Patriots 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI.
Brett Favre, born in 1969, American football player, who as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers was the first player to earn three consecutive National Football League (NFL) player of the year awards (1995-1997). He also led the Packers to appearances in the Super Bowl following the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Favre threw 100 touchdown passes in his first 62 NFL games; only Dan Marino (44 games) and Johnny Unitas (53) reached that mark in fewer games.
Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Brett Lorenzo Favre grew up in Kiln, Mississippi. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. As a collegian in 1990 he was involved in a serious automobile accident, but a month later he paced his team to a victory over the University of Alabama.
The Atlanta Falcons selected Favre in the second round of the 1991 NFL draft. He played in only two games as a rookie in 1991 and was then traded to the Green Bay Packers. In the third game of the 1992 season, Favre filled in for injured Packers quarterback Don Majkowski; he performed so well that he won the starting job for the remainder of the season. He set a team record by completing 64.1 percent of his passes.
In 1993 Favre led the National Football Conference (NFC) with 318 completions, and in 1994 he finished second in the balloting for player of the year. He led the Packers to the NFC Championship Game after the 1995 campaign, and for his performance that season he was voted player of the year. Favre threw 33 touchdown passes in 1994 and 38 in 1995—only the fifth time in NFL history that a quarterback threw at least 30 touchdowns in consecutive seasons.
Favre was again voted player of the year in 1996 with 39 touchdown passes, and he led the Packers to a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. He turned in another outstanding performance during the 1997 season; his 35 touchdown passes made him the only quarterback in NFL history to throw 30 or more touchdown passes in four consecutive seasons. This helped him earn yet another player of the year award. Favre also led Green Bay to the NFC championship, but the Packers lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII, 31-24.
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