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Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett says goodbye to the crowd as he completes his speech during NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony in Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday, August 6, 2016."Thank you. I'm going to ask Mike Mc Carthy and Ted Thompson if I can play the first series tomorrow night. So as I bolted and ducked my head and made my way through all of our classmates, there was one person that caught my eye and one person only. I went and hid in my room, and as I got up the nerve to come out later, that person and I, we played basketball, we talked. And several days later, as we used to say back in the day, we started going together. He's the best at what he does, and he's been like a friend, a brother, a father at different times over the 30 years we've known each other. And on the -- and let me say this first about NFL fans. But I'll say this: That night the tremendous respect and honor that was shown to me and my family from the Oakland Raider fans was spectacular. And one time in particular Deanna says to me -- you'd have had to know my father. This is tougher than any 3rd and 15, I can assure you. Trust me, there was no room for crybabies in our house.
(Cheers)."All this excitement has me wanting to call Ed Werder and spread the word again. "Well, that person happened to be my future wife, Deanna, by far the strongest and most courageous person I know. We loved each other at the end of the day, and we got up the next morning and we started it all over again. Oakland Raider fans in particular, that night -- and I had played in Oakland before, and I think everyone here who has played in Oakland either as the home team or the away team will all agree they can be down right nasty. "And although we didn't ask for it, Deanna and I got a police escort to the airport that I can promise you would have made any president proud. "But on our flight back it was a long flight, and as you can imagine there were a lot of emotions as we had just won the game, and it was probably the best game that I'd ever played in, but that really didn't matter at that point. My father was short on praise and long on tough love. So I could acknowledge the importance of him and my career and my life, which he was a tremendous part of my life. He taught me teamwork, and by all means no player was ever more important than the team. So never discount the importance of being a father and the statements that you make.
"As I like to say, Ron Wolf made it cool to come to Green Bay. I see him sitting with my good friend, Matt Hasselbeck. The last time I walked to Lambeau, it wasn't real pretty. I do know Packer fans and I know how faithful they are. But when I walked out on that field -- settle down, settle down (laughing). Don't ever look back, because there are no second chances. Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett chokes up as he talks about his father, during the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony in Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday, August 6, 2016.
So I thank you, Ron, for believing in me, seeing something in me that others didn't see, probably including myself, and sticking your neck out there for one of the riskiest and craziest trades in NFL history when you decided to trade a first-round pick for me with Atlanta. We both can attest he's one of the toughest and most demanding coaches you'll ever be around. When I walked on the field, I have to admit, 70,000 people not there to watch a game but to celebrate a career of a player was absolutely amazing, and you're to be commended for that. When you're 25 and you wish you would have done something in high school, it's too late. Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett talks about his teammates, father, coaches and fans that have influenced his life during NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony in Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday, August 6, 2016.
It had been almost 25 years since the Packers had any success when Ron Wolf took over.
And since then, we all know what the Packers have done. But I thank you so much from Atlanta to Minnesota, 20 years. I don't regret anything, and that's what I'm most proud of.
I have never thrown an interception that has been my fault according to my mother-in-law, Ann. She's one of the most patient and loving women you'll ever (choking up) -- I'm not even halfway through. But I learned by watching her and being around her students that treating everyone as an equal and with respect is not only important, but essential. "Mom was the one who always told us she loved us and was the caregiver. "My two brothers, Scott and Jeff, my sister, Brandi, they're sitting here in the front row. And I'm also extremely honored to follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest NFL players of all time and certainly one of the greatest Southern Miss players of all time, and that's Ray Guy. He was coaching high school football back in West Virginia, probably watching right now.
Well, I unknowingly entered the house first to a large eruption of surprise, and of course it was not my birthday, and as you can imagine a 14-year-old boy in that situation with all his classmates there was red-faced and embarrassed and I was looking for the quickest way to get to my bedroom. And he's family to not only me but to my entire family. And I'll tell you of course it's been talked about a lot at the Oakland game, and that -- I'll tell you a story. And Deanna and I had, after the game in Oakland, chartered a plane. She flew out late Saturday night and was there throughout, and we had chartered a plane back from Oakland to get Christmas gifts back in Green Bay, take a brief nap and go to the service and Christmas back in Mississippi. "So a new goal had entered into my mind then and there, and I said to myself: I will make it to the Hall of Fame; that I would make it to the Hall of Fame so I could acknowledge the fact of how important he was.
I knew, of course I didn't have many choices, it was football, baseball, or bust for me. But I knew then and there that I wanted to be and feel what Kenny Stabler was feeling. "The other part about this story that's important is when we returned home that night, what we didn't know was our mother had set up a surprise birthday party for my older brother, Scott, who was turning 17. "My agent, Bus, I'm always reluctant to introduce him as my agent because it sounds like it's so non-personal, and Bus is family. I had thought of those things so many times, but I never thought of the Hall of Fame until that moment.
And you had to know my father, he was the heavy-handed one. "There's two coaches in particular that were at Southern Miss at the time that meant more than anyone. So, Coach, I thank you so much for believing in me and sticking it out and giving me that opportunity.
Mark Mc Hale was offensive line coach, and Mark was the recruiter in the area of the Mississippi Gulf Coast which I played, and he fought tooth and nail to get me a scholarship and it came down to the last hour. Related: Greene entertains with passionate speech Related: Favre, Mariucci like family"The second coach is a guy who has since passed away. And as we called him back then, "Famous Thamas" was a great guy, and I found out this story.
Without Ron Wolf, Mike Holmgren would not have coached in Green Bay. There would not have been a Favre to Sharp and Driver and Brooks and Freeman, Chmura, Keith Jackson, Dorsey Levens, Edgar Bennett, Frank Winters, Santana Dotson, Andre Rison -- the list goes on and on. I often wondered what it was like when Mike and Matt Hasselbeck came back to play when they were with Seattle, and then I found out. Make no mistake about it, I will be remembered as a Packer. But I can say this: There was never one time where I did not give it all I could. And I say thank you again." Aug 6, 2016; Canton, OH, USA; Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is introduced by his wife Deanna Favre (left) as his bust is unveiled during the 2016 NFL Hall of Fame enshrinement at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.