The Green Bay Packers quarterback who rewrote the NFL record book has been named one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Bret Favre, thought to be a virtual first-ballot lock for the hall in Canton, Ohio, was named one of the modern-era finalists Thursday.
He set NFL career records for numerous categories during his 16 years in Green Bay, from 1992-2007.
He led the Packers to two Super Bowls, including a win in January 1997, and three consecutive NFL MVP awards (1995-97).
After a messy seven-year "divorce" from the Packers, he returned to Lambeau Field twice for a reunion with "Packers Nation" in seperate ceremonies for the team's Hall of Fame in July and to have his jersey number retired on the stadium's north facade on Thanksgiving night.
Former Packers linebackers coach Kevin Greene was also named a finalist for his 15-year playing career with four teams.
The inductees will be named Feb. 6, the day before Super Bowl 50. They will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio in August.