Falcons took Favre in ‘91
“With the 33rd pick in the 1991 National Football League draft, the Atlanta Falcons have selected Brett Favre, quarterback from Southern Mississippi.”
The announcer butchered Favre’s name — pronouncing it “favor” — on the live ESPN telecast as the future Hall of Famer celebrated with friends and family in Kiln, Miss.
Talk about missing the mark.
Favre was the third quarterback selected in the draft, behind Dan McGwire of San Diego State (Seattle, 16th overall) and Todd Marinovich of USC (L.A. Raiders, 24th overall).
The Falcons beat out New York for Favre’s services, as Ron Wolf and the Jets were poised to snare Favre a pick later. New York instead selected QB Browning Nagle of Louisville with the 34th overall
pick (Editor’s note: recap the top 35 picks in the 1991 NFL draft on Page 6).
“We had Brett as the top player in the draft,” said Wolf, the Jets’ personnel director at the time. “We tried to move up to the No. 32 (Phoenix Cardinals) spot, but the deal fell through . . . but it all worked out when we got Brett with the Packers.”
Notre Dame speedster Raghib “Rocket” Ismail was projected as the overall No. 1 pick of the draft, but he spurned the NFL for a four-year, $18.2 million payday from the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.
Another future Hall of Famer, Aeneas Williams, an unheralded cornerback from Southern University, was chosen in the third round (59th overall) by the Cardinals.
Dallas fared well, selecting two players that anchored the Cowboys' defensive line on their Super Bowl teams of the 1990s. The Cowboys chose defensive tackle Russell Maryland of Miami with the No. 1 pick overall and Leon Lett of Emporia State in Round 7. They also added receiver Alvin Harper of Tennessee in the first round (12th overall) and offensive tackle Erik Williams of Central State (Ohio) with the 70th pick in the third.