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Thomas T. Lynch Memorabilia Collection

 Unprocessed Collection
Identifier: AM19-40

Scope and Contents

Collection of memorabilia about former University of Southern Mississippi student Brett Favre.


  • 2004


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Brett Lorenzo Favre was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on October 10, 1969. He is a former professional football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He was a 20-year veteran of the NFL, having played quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons in 1991, Packers from 1992 to 2007, New York Jets in 2008, and Minnesota Vikings from 2009 to 2010. Favre was the first NFL quarterback to pass for 500 touchdowns, throw for 70,000 yards, complete 6,000 passes, and attempt 10,000 passes.

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Favre played college football for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles for four years, setting many school records. He was selected in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Falcons, with whom he spent one season as a backup before being traded to Green Bay for the Packers' first-round pick in the 1992 NFL Draft. Favre became the Packers' starting quarterback in the fourth game of the 1992 NFL season and started every game through the 2007 season. He played for the Packers for 16 years before being traded to the Jets for the 2008 season and spending his final two seasons with the Vikings. In that time, he made an NFL-record 297 consecutive starts, 321 including the playoffs.

Favre's eleven Pro Bowl invitations is the third most among quarterbacks in NFL history. He is the only player to win the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award three consecutive times, doing so from 1995 to 1997, and is one of only six quarterbacks to have won the award as well as the Super Bowl in the same season. He led teams to eight division championships, five NFC Championship Games, and two Super Bowl appearances: Super Bowl XXXI and Super Bowl XXXII. He and the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots.

Favre holds many NFL records, including most career pass attempts, most career interceptions thrown, most consecutive starts by a player, most times sacked, and most fumbles. At the time of his retirement, he was the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and quarterback wins; all three records have since been broken by Peyton Manning and Tom Brady respectively. Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.


.40 Cubic Feet : 302A.B15.Aa1

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Given By: The estate of Thomas T. Lynch, Jr. from Julia May Lynch Parker

Date of Receipt: December 3, 2018

Related Materials

M532 Christopher J.J. Thiry Sports Card Collection, Historical Manuscripts, Special Collections, The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

Favre: for the record by Brett Favre and Chris Havel, 1997. McCain Library, 3rd Floor Brooks Reading Room Mississippiana GV939.F29 F28 1997

Favre: Most Valuable Player by Brett Favre and Marc Serota, 1999. McCain Library, 3rd Floor Brooks Reading Room Mississippiana GV939.F29 F284 1999

Thomas T. Lynch Memorabilia Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001