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Brett Favre Saves the Day After Tornado Hits South Mississippi

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Brett Favre is known more for his football-throwing skills than his lumber-jacking acumen, but after a recent tornado touched-down in his hometown of Hattiesburg, MS, on Sunday, February 10, he displayed a magic touch with a chainsaw as well.

“Where the tornado started, as the crow flies, was probably half-mile to one mile straight east of my property,” Favre said in a recent interview with USA Today reporter Jon Saraceno. “Then it just veered and crossed the main highway in Hattiesburg before heading to Southern Miss. You never hear of a college getting hit with a true tornado. The good Lord’s looking out (because) the students were gone for Mardis Gras break.”

The former NFL great lives in Oak Grove, a community just west of the city, where since his retirement he has been an unpaid offensive coordinator for the Oak Grove HS football team. All of the high school’s athletic facilities were destroyed in the storm. “They’re gone now, just a mangled mess,” he said. Brett promised both his time and money to properly rebuild the facilities.

Mr. Favre didn’t stop there, though.¬†Tuesday morning, Favre was caught on a bystander’s camera-phone helping clear the debris from across roadways.

It’s good to see a celebrity give back to the communities that supported them during their formative years. It’s also pretty cool to see that Brett has moved on from showing wood to cutting it.


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