Fal­cons took Favre in ‘91

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“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.

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