“Deanna is the best teammate I’ve ever had,” Favre said. “She has been by my side throughout this journey and I’m so excited that she gets to play such an important role for me.”
Favre and his wife have been through a lot in their time together. They believe they met when Deanna, now 47, was 7 years old — and she has stuck beside Favre through his indiscretions and his past addiction to pain killers. Deanna also is a breast cancer survivor and an avid activist for breast cancer research.
They started dating in high school and have been married since 1996.
“Serving as Brett’s presenter is a great honor,” Deanna said. “I am thrilled to be able share this special moment in time with him.”
Other family members presenting Hall of Famers this year include: Eddie DeBartolo’s daughter, Lisa DeBartolo, and Orlando Pace’s son.
Former Packers coach and NFL pass rusher Kevin Greene will be inducted by Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, who will coach the following day in the Hall of Fame Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Frankly, it is a similar combination of skills which helped the oft-injured Cruz star for Manning and New York in the past.
Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is one of the many talent evaluators who see similarities between New York’s prized rookie and veteran.
“There are certainly some flashes,” Sullivan said when asked if Shepard reminds him of Cruz. “That’s obviously a lofty comparison and a great aspiration to be the type of player that Victor was for us there.”
“But there is a suddenness with which he (Shepard) separates on his routes, how he separates from his defenders after the catch,” Sullivan noted. “I thought he was surprisingly strong as far as his run after the catch. And then there was a suddenness, an explosiveness in his movements and being able to get open.”
Enter Shepard, arguably the elite slot receiver available in the 2016 draft.