Favre strikes gold in Canton

Pete Dougherty
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CANTON, Ohio – Brett Favre received his Gold Jacket on Thursday night.

Brett Favre gives the crowd a thumbs up after receiving his Gold Jacket at the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Gold Jacket Dinner in Canton, Ohio.

The former Green Bay Packers great took the second to last step to official enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he put on the gold sport coat that all Hall of Famers receive in front of a large crowd at the Gold Jacket Dinner in the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

Favre was the last of this year’s eight enshrinees to receive his Gold Jacket, and he did it just after a short highlight video that encapsulated his career and an introduction from the night’s emcee, Rich Eisen of the NFL Network.

“There is no argument that he’s one of the all-time greats, one of the all-time fan favorites, and now he is for all time a (Pro) Football Hall of Famer,” Eisen said. “Joined by his presenter, his wife, Deanna, it is time to slip the Pro Football Hall of Fame jacket onto Brett Favre.”

Earlier in the evening, Favre and this year’s other enshrinees were introduced to the crowd and walked a gauntlet of Hall of Famers who congratulated them.

The other seven enshrinees in the 2016 class are Kevin Greene, the former Packers assistant; Orlando Pace; Marvin Harrison, Tony Dungy, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel and Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

The eight will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday night in a ceremony that begins at 6 p.m. The Hall of Fame has announced that Favre will be the final inductee.

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