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FOX47 NEWS - Icon In The Stands Remembers Legend On The Field

Jeff Angileri
Mar 4, 2008, 10:53 PM


John O'Neill, better known as St. Vince, took us down memory lane.

This is an autographed jersey, O'Neill says during a personal tour.

The memorabilia has become extra nostalgic after news that superstar Brett Favre is retiring.

No one expected him to hang up the cleats this year, O'Neill says.

O'Neill has followed Favre since the beginning.

Brett and I sort of went gray together, He says.

He remembers a scrimmage game during Brett's first season with the Packers at Camp Randall against the Rams.

Brett threw it so far out of bounds that it actually ended up in the stands at that point people stood up and gave him a standing ovation, O'Neill says.

O'Neill even met Favre on a couple occasions and learned what to say to strike a conversation with a man many called 'private.'

If you want to get in a conversation with Brett Favre, talk about hunting not football, O'Neill says.

He watched him go from gun slinger, to team leader.

And when Favre broke record after record- O'Neill was there.

Now to have been able to watch Brett a hundred or so times on the field doing things that you couldn't believe that could be done, O'Neill says.

O'Neill says he has been watching the green and gold since the late sixties and has seen Packer greats such as Bart Starr and Max McGee in action.

He feels privileged to have seen that same greatness in Brett Favre- and says fans should feel the same.

It's been quite a ride, and we should all be thankful to have been around to watch it, O'Neill says.

Still, O'Neill has one last plead to number four.

Oh please Brett change your mind. Please!

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