2008-08-13 / Sports

Fans Swarm Hofstra For Favre’s First Jets Practice

By Dan Miller

Fans Swarm Hofstra For Favre’s First Jets Practice

Brett Favre, jersey No. 4, warms up with the other three Jets quarterbacks at Hofstra University, the Jets’ training camp.
Photos Dan Miller/DMD Images

By Dan Miller
A crowd of 11,500 Jets fans was SRO at Jets training camp at Hofstra University to see future Hall of Fame quarterback Bret Favre begin his first practice at Jets camp.

Favre wore No. 4 on his jersey, the number that he had worn for 18 seasons with the Green Bay Packers. When he came out onto the field thousands of Jets fans gave him a rousing welcome chanting, “Bret, B R E T, Favre, F A V R E” again and again.

After a number of exercises, each quarterback took turns calling plays with the number one and number two offensive squads. Both Favre and Brett Ratliff threw touchdown passes to the delight of the fans on hand for this special occasion.

With four quarterbacks in town, the question will be who will be the backup QB for Favre. In last Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, backup quarterback Ratliff, a rookie, tossed two touchdowns.

After practice, Favre, who owns a number of NFL records, including wins, touchdowns, yards and attempts, told reporters and fans: “I am here for one reason, I am here to help the Jets win.” He added, “I was really surprised that I was as effective as I was. It has been difficult. It will take some time but I think it will be fine.”

Kellen Clemens, who was battling Chad Pennington for starting quarterback, will now have to take on the role as backup to Favre unless his spot is taken by Ratliff, who has looked very good in training camp and in the Jets’ first preseason game last Thursday. In last week’s pre-season game against Cleveland Clemens went 4-6 for 31 yards and no touchdowns. Ratliff went 4-20 for 252 yards and two touchdowns, both to David Clowney.

On his second day of practice Favre was forced to do a penalty lap after fumbling the snap from center Nick Mangold. Favre was joined in his penalty lap around the Hofstra field by Mangold, who was penalized for a less than perfect snap back to the Jets’ new starting quarterback.

Chad Pennington, who was let go on Favre’s signing, was immediately contacted by six NFL teams looking for his services. The winner in the Pennington sweepstake was the Miami Dolphins, who gave him a two-year, $11 million deal. Pennington will face Favre and the Jets in the season opener in Miami on September 7.

 Jets Pre Season Schedule
Saturday, August 16, Washington
Saturday, August 23, NY Giants
Thursday, August 28, Philadelphia at Philadelphia
 Jets Season Opener
Sunday September 7, Miami at Miami


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