A gallery of fans gave Brett Favre an ovation as he headed to the driving range at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, as the former Green Bay Packers quarterback was about to warm up for his nine holes of play at the American Family Insurance Championship.
He said he had been hitting balls for about three weeks to prepare for the celebrity best-ball match, with his opponents being two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North and country musician Toby Keith.
Favre’s partner? The one and only Jack Nicklaus.
“The only way I can describe it is being a priest and serving Mass with the Pope,” Favre said. “It’s got to be a thrill to do that. I’m obviously not a golfer. I’m a Sunday golfer like most of us. This is an extreme honor. Looking forward to it. Not to the actual playing necessarily, but just, I mean, I’ve had so many people at home ‘You’re playing with Jack Nicklaus?’ I feel the same way. It’s pretty cool, I think we can all agree.”
Before teeing it up, Favre did address several football-related topics, including a post on his official Instagram account on Tuesday that said he would be returning to the National Football League in 2020. The post was soon deleted, and Favre said the account was compromised.