A little help from the pros
"Do you dance in the shower?"
That probing question was one of many that students posed to Brett Favre, the star quarterback for the Super Bowl-winning Green Bay Packers football team, and three teammates when they gathered in Waunakee, Wis., for a high school football fund-raiser.
Mr. Favre, along with center Frank Winters, tight end Mark Chmura, and backup tight end Jeff Thomason, traveled to the 780-student Waunakee High School Sept. 15. The pros were there to give the school's football team a pep talk and help raise money for the booster club.
"You know what? Chewy [Mr. Chmura] likes me to," Mr. Favre, not missing a beat in teasing his teammate, said in responding to the personal question. "Me and Chewy often dance together in the shower."
But the jokes were left at the locker room door when Mr. Favre, 28, gave a pep talk to the Waunakee High Warriors.
According to Athletic Director Gayle W. Quinn, the National Football League quarterback told the star-struck high school team to put schoolwork before football and follow the advice of parents, teachers, and coaches. Only a lucky few, he warned, can actually make a living from football.
"He had a good message for the kids on life and on what's important," Mr. Quinn said. "It was something they'll remember all their life."
Waunakee resident Dave Thomason, Mr. Favre's personal pilot, arranged the visit.
Luckily for the Sharks of Malibu High School in Malibu, Calif., meanwhile, former professional football player Brian "Boz" Bosworth just can't stay away from the game.
The former Seattle Seahawks linebacker began volunteering last month as a coach for the 48-member football team, giving the players lessons in the sport as well as in life. Mr. Bosworth, 33, got to know the team over the summer when a parent of a Malibu High player bought a few hours of his time at an auction.
"He showed up and never left," Rich Lawson, the 580-student school's head football coach, said of Mr. Bosworth. He added that Mr. Bosworth's work with the team has helped a lot. "The kids have really taken to him, and he brings good credibility," he added.
Mr. Bosworth spends most of his volunteer time working with the Shark defense and coaching the team's kicker. Though his football career ended in 1987, Mr. Bosworth has kept busy. Besides volunteering, he has appeared in seven movies.
--KERRY A. WHITE & ADRIENNE D. COLES
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