Be true to your school

Brett Favre's southern roots have always shown, and now they can be seen in a new advertising campaign for his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi.<P> Favre visited the campus to do television, radio and print ads for the 2003 USM football season ticket drive, according to the school's athletic director.<P>

"He's been very helpful and we're very grateful for his help," Southern Miss AD Richard Giannini said. Favre, a native of Kiln, Miss., played at USM from 1987-90. He and his wife Deanna recently held a fund-raising event at their home for USM athletics, raising $27,000, Giannini told the Associated Press.

"No question, he has a strong love, not only for the university, but for the community," Giannini said. "(The Favres) probably don't get enough credit for what they do for us, but they've always been real helpful."

Favre made a name for himself at USM by coming back from a devastating car accident to lead the Golden Eagles to a surprising 1990 season. He still holds school career records for passing yards (7,695 yards), completions (613), attempts (1,169) and total offense (7,606 yards).

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