NFL fans are still adapting to a league without Brett Favre, for better or worse. High School football fans in Mississippi, however, will get a taste of the former Packer (Falcon/Jet/Viking), as he is now filling a role in a program in Hattiesburg.
According to Gannett's Hattiesburg American (via CNN's Headline News), Favre is officially a member of the Oak Grove football coaching staff, but his role has yet to be defined. The Lamar, Mississippi Board of Education (the school is part of the Lamar County system) reportedly approved Favre's hiring.
Twitter is, of course, having a field day (or field week, perhaps) with the story.
— John Smallberries (@MrMileage) July 25, 2012
BREAKING: Brett Favre says he will retire from his new job at Oak Grove HS BREAKING: Brett Favre is returning to his job at Oak Grove HS
SPORTS: Brett Favre takes job as assistant coach at Mississippi high school. All girls advised to block picture messaging on cell phones
Brett Favre is coming back ... to coach ... at a high school in Mississippi. Good luck, defensive coordinators in that league.
Brett Favre will be coaching at a HS. He'll also be teaching a few classes; Decision Making 101, Pictures & Technology, & Media "Relations".
Favre returning to football as high school assis. coach? Brett, wait, don't you need some time (days, months) to think this thing through?
If your daughters goes to high school in Hattiesburg and receives a text from Brett Favre tell her not to open the attachment.
Brett Favre becoming an Oak Grove coach really pisses me off...
Brett Favre now coaching at Miss. HS. Strict cell phone rules being enforced--and for his players, too. #sexting
Favre will reportedly not receive any financial compensation for his efforts at the school, so things could be more along the lines of when he volunteered for the team last year.
This isn't the only thing Favre has been doing for kids, by the way.
Here's the latest tweet from the verified official Brett Favre Twitter account:
There's also the Favre4Hope Foundation, which focuses on the following child-related funds:
- Make A Wish Wisconsin, Mississippi, and Minnesota
- Hope Haven, Mississippi
- Special Olympics Wisconsin and Mississippi
- Association for Rights of Mentally Handicapped Citizens, Mississippi
- Rawhide Boys Home, Wisconsin
- University of Southern Mississippi, Children's Center for Communication and Development, Mississippi
Also on the list are: Ribbon of Hope (Wisconsin), Pink Ribbon Fund (Mississippi) and Memorial Hospital Favre Fund (Mississippi).
"In 2010, our foundation board made a difficult decision to focus on supporting our existing charity partners and no longer accept grant applications," a message on the Favre4Hope site says. "This decision was made after visiting several of our long term partners and hearing about their struggles with the loss of grant funding and low contributions. Most of the charities we chose to support have been with us since the beginning. Their staff and program of work truly represents the spirit of what Brett and I wanted to do when we began our foundation in 1995."
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