Brett Favre: Winning high school title “pretty close” to Super Bowl

December 10, 2013

Oak Grove High School quarterback Kirk McCarty gets a hug from a certain assistant coach Friday night. (Ryan Moore / AP)

As a coach, this gray-haired volunteer assistant at Oak Grove High School in Mississippi shows real potential.

Under his guidance, Kirk McCarty passed for 44 touchdowns and over 4,000 yards as Oak Grove finished its season by winning the Mississippi Class 6A state high school-championship Friday night.

“I can’t say it’s a Super Bowl,” Brett Favre, that volunteer assistant, told the Hattiesburg (Miss.) American, “but it’s pretty close. It really is. It’s a different kind of feeling, but I’m awfully proud of these kids.”

During a career that included one of those Super Bowl victories, Favre often returned to his home state and worked out at Oak Grove. After retiring for good, Favre, now 44, took a gig working with the offense. Jenny Vrentas at MMQB writes:

Favre considers himself to be a low-key coach, which holds true until McCarty improvises and checks out of the play call. “Run the play I called!” Favre always bellows. Yes, Mike Holmgren, Favre sees the irony. “I realize how much of a pain I was [as a player], thinking I knew it all,” the gunslinger admits. “Of course, I still think I knew it all. But all the things the coaches said to me, I’ve said the same thing: Don’t force it into coverage, take what they give you, keep it simple.”

And, yes, Favre isn’t sure whether he’ll return for another season with Oak Grove.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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