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December 10, 2009
Fantastic Favre: Brett's nephew gets title, offer
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It's easy to make the comparison: Great arm. Leader. Winner. Workhorse.
But if you think Dylan Favre is exactly like his famous uncle, think again:
Dylan plays defense (and punts), too.
While Brett Favre and the Vikings were struggling against the Cardinals last weekend, his 17-year-old nephew was wrapping up an amazing high school career, leading Bay St. Louis (Miss.) St. Stanislaus to its first-ever state title with a 35-16 victory in the state 4A final.
Check out the stats: 369 yards and three passing touchdowns to go along with 51 yards rushing, including scoring runs of 6 and 9 yards.
And don't forget the defense: 17 tackles and an interception at strong safety.
"This is so much better than any of the records or any of the awards," Dylan Favre told MagnoliaPreps.com, the RivalsHigh product in Mississippi. "To be able to win a state championship with this group of guys means everything."
Team first - sounds like his uncle, huh.
And he may actually follow in Brett's footsteps. One day before the game, Dylan finally got his first offer, from Southern Miss, where his uncle played.
"It feels good to see all the hard work paying off," he said. "It was really frustrating for a while to work that hard and not see anything for it."
In addition to his state titles, Dylan Favre has about all of the big quarterback records in Mississippi history, including career total offense (14,175 yards), touchdowns responsible for (169) and touchdown passes (144). This season alone he has passed for 5,539 yards with three 500-yard games (and a fourth for 498), rushed for another 1,228 yards, and is responsible for 81 touchdowns, including 63 through the air.
And he's been putting up those kinds of numbers long enough to show up in the National Federation of State High School Associations record book as well.
He's second in average total yards per game in a single season (453.4), third in total yards in a single season (6,347 yards) and an average passing game away from second place. And he's fifth in total yards for a career (14,175).
His numbers have impressed his uncle, who talks to him (and texts him) regularly but never has been able to see him in person - what with him working weekends. Still, Brett is thrilled that Dylan is stepping out of his shadow.
"I think he has done a great job of making a name for himself," Brett Favre told the Associated Press. "I never did close to what he has done in high school. He's going to go down as one of the very best quarterbacks in Mississippi history, which is something to really be proud of."
As he does with his numbers, Dylan downplays his relationship with Brett.
"It's not a big deal," he said. "People make it out to be way bigger than it really is. He's just an ordinary uncle who goes to work every day. His job just happens to be playing football."
His coach, Forrest Williams, says the comparisons are inevitable. But that it's a good thing as they both have the qualities a coach wants.
"Brett set the ironman streak in professional football and Dylan's the same way," Williams said. "It don't matter what kind of lickin' he takes, he keeps on coming back. He threw a block the other night for one of his running backs to spring him for a 50-yard touchdown that I tell you would've knocked out a mortal man. But he was on the field a second, jumped up and was ready to go back in on defense the next series."
Williams thinks schools may have been overlooking Dylan because of his size; he's only 5-11, 195. But at just 17, Williams thinks Dylan may still have time left to grow.
And he may still have offers out there. Florida International and Mississippi State also have shown interest.
For now, Dylan will just bask in the first championship at St. Stanislaus - and see if his uncle can help the Vikings accomplish the same goal.
MagnoliaPreps.com and The Associated Press contributed to this report.