"[Sports were] all we knew. I look back -- and in some ways I wouldn't trade it for anything -- but it was almost sad that that's all we talked about. When we'd sit at the table and eat, that's what we'd talk about. When Saturdays and Sundays would come around -- he coached Friday night football before we went to college -- we'd get up, and after we'd work out in the yard, then we'd all have this big football game or baseball game, whatever was in season. That's all I knew. And it's unfortunate that he's not going to be able to see the end of my career. At least he got to see the better part of it."
Favre likes to say he is anything but a textbook passer. His form, he said, is about as unsound as it can be. But it also helped him last this long.
"I was never taught mechanics," he said. "My dad was a running football coach. I'd say, 'What about throwing, Dad?' and he'd say, 'Hey, get your ... in there and worry about blocking right now.' Those were the coaching points that I got.
"I probably escaped a lot of injuries by throwing with both feet off the ground, by backpedaling when I'm throwing, by leaving the pocket when I'm throwing. I've never, ever been concerned about injury. I know that sounds crazy, but if I'm asked to block, I'll block. There's times when Ahman [Green] breaks to the backside of something, and I have a split-second decision to make and I'll block.