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A BOY'S LIFE
Leigh Montville
March 12, 2008
BEFORE HE WAS A RECORD-SETTING QUARTERBACK, BRETT FAVRE WAS THE NFL'S HOTTEST YOUNG PASSER. BACK THEN, HE ESCAPED THE MOUNTING PRESSURES OF FAME BY RETREATING TO HIS FAMILY'S HOME IN KILN, WHERE EVERY DAY WAS THE FOURTH OF JULY AND HIS BIGGEST PROBLEM WAS, OF ALL THINGS, FINDING A CLEAN GOLF SHIRT
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March 12, 2008

A Boy's Life

BEFORE HE WAS A RECORD-SETTING QUARTERBACK, BRETT FAVRE WAS THE NFL'S HOTTEST YOUNG PASSER. BACK THEN, HE ESCAPED THE MOUNTING PRESSURES OF FAME BY RETREATING TO HIS FAMILY'S HOME IN KILN, WHERE EVERY DAY WAS THE FOURTH OF JULY AND HIS BIGGEST PROBLEM WAS, OF ALL THINGS, FINDING A CLEAN GOLF SHIRT

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From SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, August 23, 1993

BRETT FAVRE IS LOOKING FOR A CLEAN GOLF SHIRT. TWO CLEAN GOLF shirts, actually. He is flying to Pittsburgh in the morning, and in the afternoon he is playing golf at Oakmont Country Club, and the day after he is playing in one of those celebrity benefit things at some other Pittsburgh course. His agent has told him that playing at Oakmont is a big deal. The U.S. Open is played sometimes at Oakmont. To move around a course that famous, a man should be dressed right. The agent is worried that Favre may not be dressed right. The agent knows Favre.

"I think about golf, and I think about wearing a T-shirt and cutoffs and sneakers," Favre says. "You know what I mean?"

A golf shirt....

A golf shirt....

He is looking through piles of clothes, looking through drawers, looking around and around his room. His room? It is a room from the pages of Boys' Life. Sports posters and pennants and memorabilia cover the walls and the ceiling, Charles Barkley dunking next to Joe Montana, who is passing a football, next to a program from the 1982 Sugar Bowl that was actually signed by a collegiate Dan Marino. A picture of Bear Bryant is placed directly above a picture of Jesus Christ. Priorities, perhaps.

"Is this all right?" Favre asks, pulling out a blue golf shirt from one of the piles.

"Is it yours?" his mother, Bonita, asks.

Who's to say for sure? Who knows? The three Favre brothers live in this room, and the shirt could belong to any one of them. It also could belong to their father, Irvin (the Hammer); or maybe to their sister, Brandi, the reigning Miss Teen Mississippi; or maybe to their aunt Kay-Kay; or maybe to Bonita; or maybe to just about anyone in Hancock County. There's a kid named Clark who has been living in the house for a few weeks now, and Jeff, the youngest brother, back just today from his freshman year at Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg, has brought a friend to stay for a few days, and a kid named Mark has been around all day and...who knows? Laundry is a problem.

"Brett was wearing my shirt one day," Kay-Kay says. "I told him it was mine. He said it was his. I said, 'Well, that must be true, because you look awfully good in a T-shirt with shoulder pads....' "

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