The Brett Favre story playing out in Minnesota this season is one of the great ones in all of sports.
It might be the second-best story in the Favre family, though.
Meet Dylan Favre. He is Brett's nephew. Everybody knows that. Everybody wants to talk about that.
Everybody but Dylan, that is.
"People make it out to be way bigger than it really is," Favre said. "He's just an ordinary uncle who goes to work every day. His job just happens to be playing football."
Nearly a quarter-century ago, Uncle Brett was a wishbone quarterback who had a nice little career at Hancock North Central High School, where the coach (his father, by the way) ran a wishbone offense and threw the ball about five times a game. It was good enough to get Brett -- who played some lineman, strong safety and punter too -- a scholarship to Southern Miss.
We all know what happened from there.
Dylan Favre's time at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Miss., has been a little less anonymous; and not just because of his famous last name. Dylan, 17, played his final prep game last weekend, leading his team to a 35-16 victory over Lafayette County for the Class 4A state championship, passing for 369 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing for 51 yards and two more scores to pile on his record-shattering career numbers.
"I could care less about records," he said. "My senior year was all about winning a state title."
On his way to achieving the latter, check out the former:
-- In 2009, Favre accounted for 81 touchdowns, the most in the history of high school football; any state, any level. He amassed 6,797 yards from scrimmage (or 453 per game), good enough for second all time. His 5,539 passing yards were the fourth-most (Note: he eclipsed 500 yards in three games, and threw for 498 in another); his 63 touchdowns placed 10th all time.
-- For his career, Favre finished with 170 total touchdowns (that's third-most by a player in the nation), 14,205 total yards (fifth), 13,509 passing yards (fifth) and 144 touchdowns (eighth). He's 10th in completions (751) and attempts (1,237).
-- Oh, and he was Mississippi's Gatorade Player of the Year.
Now, comes perhaps the most eye-opening statistic.
One Division I-A scholarship offer.
From Southern Miss, no less.
Despite the mind-numbing digits, the ones most college scouts apparently are most focused on are the ones that say Dylan Favre is just 5 feet 11 (maybe) and 180 pounds.
Hence, the lone offer.
"I'm not just a quarterback, I am a football player," Favre told reporters following the state title game. "I play with passion and I play with heart, and if college coaches can't see that then maybe college ball isn't meant for me."
It won't come to that. Besides USM, Florida International, Hawaii, Memphis and Mississippi State have picked up their interest lately, though not yet in the form of offers.
"It's disappointing," he said. "I'm not going to say it's not, because I have all the confidence in the world that I can play and make throws at the Division-I level. In my opinion, height is the most overrated thing when it comes to playing quarterback. I don't see how a couple inches [are] going to help you win ball games. That's just the way it is nowadays."
Sounds a lot like the NFL, where front office and personnel types often reward workout warriors and combine freaks while overlooking ham-and-egg overachievers.
Ultimately, the "Favre" brand will rescue him -- ask Michael Jordan's sons -- but don't be surprised if some schools are kicking themselves for bypassing a kid with this kind of highlight tape.
"He's a winner," Rivals analyst Jamie Newberg said.
At least one other expert agrees.
"I think he has done a great job of making a name for himself," Brett Favre told Vikings reporters in Minnesota last week. "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."
It's in the name
Not all will be superstars. Some may never play. But along the lines of Dylan Favre, they'll get attention (from the scouts, or maybe just the press) because of their name recognition.
--Austin Collinsworth, RB-DB, Fort Thomas, Ky., Highlands: This Class of 2010 member has seven offers, including Cincinnati and Kentucky. He is the son of
former UF All-American, Bengals Pro Bowler and current NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth.
--Eric Dungy, WR-S, Tampa Plant: The senior is getting lukewarm interest, not a lot of offers. But his dad, the history-making Super Bowl coach, is a fixture at Plant games now that he's retired.
Delino DeShields, RB, College Park, Ga., Woodward Academy: UCF is in the mix for this senior, along with Stanford, Ole Miss and Georgia Tech. He is the son of 13-year MLB second baseman by the same name.
--Trevor Gretzky, QB, West Lake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian: USC and UCLA already are pursuing this Class of 2011 prospect. Take a wild guess whose his famous dad (then ask why the backup to the below kid doesn't play another certain sport).
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Plano, Texas: Top-10 overall prospect in the Class of 2010 has UF high on his list. He is the son of 15-year NFL standout DE Jim Jeffcoat, who won two Super Bowls with Dallas.
Nick Montana, QB, West Lake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian: This senior committed to Washington. His father was a pretty decent QB in his day, too.
Cody Riggs, CB, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Florida is believed to be this senior's favorite. Father Gerald was a bruising running back who scored TD in Super Bowl XXVI win for Redskins.
Trey Smith, WR, West Lake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian: This junior has not garnered a lot of interest so far (for football, that is), but box offices loves his blockbusting father, who goes by Will.
James Wilder, Jr., RB-LB, Tampa Plant: Already one of the most sought-after prospects of the Class of 2011. His dad still ranks as all-time rushing leader (and among most respect players) in Bucs history.
Tampa Catholic CB Jeremi Wilkes is one of several players on the Crusaders -- who will play in the Class 2B state title game Saturday against Jacksonville Bolles -- overshadowed this season by QB Christian Green and OL Chaz Green, two of the highest-rated prospects in the country. Wilkes, though, had offers to FSU, Iowa and Rutgers, but last week committed to Syracuse. …
Speaking of players who helped end Central Florida seasons, Lakeland LB Quayshawn Nealy, who checks in at No. 72 on the Sentinel's list of state prospects for 2010, committed Tuesday to Georgia Tech. Last weekend, Nealy blocked a punt and returned a Marc Deas interception 36 yards for a game-icing touchdown in the Dreadnaughts' 30-14 beatdown of Kissimmee Osceola. …
Cameron Newton, once the backup to Tim Tebow at UF before some bad decision-making, led his Blinn (Texas) squad to the national junior college championship last weekend. The 6-6, 247-pounder (whom Rivals describes as a "dual-threat quarterback with the size of Jamarcus Russell, the mobility of Terrelle Pryor and the rocket arm of John Elway) reportedly has narrowed his choices to Oklahoma, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Auburn or North Carolina. "I can't make a mistake with this one," Newton said. "It's my life." …
Dillon Baxter, considered the No. 1 all-purpose back in the nation, end his dizzying California prep career with a season to end all seasons. As a quarterback for San Diego Mission Bay, Baxter passed for 1,922 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 2,590 yards and 43 TDs. He also caught a pass (yes, and scored), giving him a state-record 69 TDs accounted for in a season. Baxter committed last month to USC.