18. He was caught up in a near-fatal car accident
Favre endured a horrific car accident at the start of his senior year. While driving around a bend, he lost control of his vehicle, which then repeatedly flipped before coming to a halt against a tree. Doctors subsequently took out 30 inches of Favre’s small intestine. Yet, incredibly, just six weeks later he was back playing football.
17. An early hip injury nearly derailed his career
Favre was then diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition which had ended the career of another footballer, Bo Jackson. Favre learned that he had avascular necrosis during a physical with the Green Bay Packers, who’d just signed him from the Atlanta Falcons. And although doctors wanted to fail him, coach Ron Wolf overruled their decision.
16. He only managed five pass attempts in his rookie season
Favre’s rookie NFL season didn’t particularly earmark him as a future superstar. During his first and only year with the Atlanta Falcons, the quarterback managed just five pass attempts. Atlanta coach Jerry Glanville also wasn’t a fan, initially claiming that only a plane crash would have made him select Favre for the team.