Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre, a Southern Mississippi alumnus speaks with reporters prior to his induction to the Mississippi Hall of Fame in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Favre joins a group of distinguished Mississippi athletes and coache
Rogelio V. Solis
August 01, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) For a guy who played football into his 40s and nearly had to be dragged off the field, Brett Favre certainly seems to be enjoying his post-NFL life.

The 45-year-old former quarterback spends most of his time around Hattiesburg, hanging out with old friends or watching his daughter's high school volleyball team. He has a big house on a sizable chunk of property to enjoy the outdoors.

It doesn't hurt that the extra space helps keep the outside world at bay, too.

''I just try to be as normal as I can possibly be,'' Favre said. ''It's been a long time since I was normal. Life is good.''

But one of the NFL's most accomplished quarterbacks has had trouble keeping a low profile this summer.

The three-time Most Valuable Player was in Jackson on Saturday for his induction to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. The six-person class also included former NBA player Clarence Weatherspoon and fellow NFL star Fred McAfee.

Favre was known for his popularity and swagger on the football field, but a couple dozen cameras and microphones can turn him a little awkward in a hurry.

''I'm extremely honored, but I have to admit, I'd much rather be hiding,'' Favre said with a grin.

Favre's induction into Mississippi's Hall of Fame came just two weeks after an emotional return to Green Bay, when he was honored with a spot in the Packers' Hall of Fame and had his No. 4 retired.

Favre grew up in Kiln, Mississippi, and played at Southern Mississippi before an NFL career that's mostly known for his stint with Green Bay from 1992-2007. He famously waffled about retirement for several years before calling it quits in 2010 after two years with the Minnesota Vikings.

Favre's next big honor could be a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He'll be eligible for the first time next year.

In the meantime, he says he'll continue to enjoy his life of relative anonymity in south Mississippi. Favre's given precious few clues about what his next professional endeavor will be.

''I find that I'm actually busier now than I really had hoped to me,'' Favre said.

He spent a few seasons as the offensive coordinator for the football team at his daughter's high school - even helping them win a state championship in 2013 - but says he can't envision committing the time it would take to coach at the college or pro level.

He's made a few guest appearances on television, but hasn't committed to a full-time position.

After more than two decades in the spotlight, a few years to decompress haven't been so bad.

''I don't want to sound like I don't have any goals, but I really don't have anything that I want to achieve,'' Favre said. ''I like being a dad.''

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