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The name Brittany Favre-Mallion will be familiar to some, particularly hardcore Packers fans. She is one of the daughters of future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. Recently, she did something that demonstrated the same mental toughness that made her father a legend.
Favre-Mallion graduated from Loyola University’s College of Law last month. Graduating from law school is difficult enough, but Favre-Mallion did it while raising two kids. It’s a stunning achievement.
Favre-Mallion agreed to an interview with Bleacher Report, and what followed was one of the most interesting and honest interviews I’ve ever done. It’s clear that while Favre-Mallion obviously adores her father, she is no longer the little girl tugging on her dad’s Packers jersey. She has become a brilliant and independent woman who survived the spotlight of being the daughter of a celebrity. This is not an easy thing.
The questions and answers are below. One thing I noticed is that Favre-Mallion delivers the same kind of frank introspection that her father often does in his interviews.
Bleacher Report: What made you want to go to law school?
Favre-Mallion: I’ve wanted to be a lawyer since I was a kid. I looked at successful lawyers the same way aspiring athletes look at my dad. Naturally, I’ve changed paths a few times, but it was more to do with my level of self-confidence and less to do with my dream of becoming a lawyer. I had a little too much fun my first two years of college, so I didn’t think getting accepted to law school would be an option.
I was a little…distracted then, and that’s as reverently as I can explain the beginning of my undergraduate career. My first son was born in 2010, and he changed everything. It wasn’t just my future that I had to think about, and that’s not an easy transition for a 21-year-old. I realized that before Parker was born, I was selfish. Really selfish. Parker became my world and my motivation, and when I realized his future was in my hands, all I wanted to do was give him everything. I also knew that giving him everything was only possible if he had a confident and successful mom. I wanted to be proud of myself, and I wanted him to be proud of me. He’s not quite there yet; he’s mostly into superheroes, secret agents and wishes I could’ve gone to Hogwarts instead. (He’s not alone with that one). I think he will appreciate my career choice when he’s a little older.
B/R: What kind of law are you considering specializing in?
Favre-Mallion: I’ve bounced around with exactly where I want to practice. I’ve spent a long time trying to create something that is mine that I’ve earned, and something distinct from my dad’s career. Even though I actively tried to find something (anything) else that I’m passionate about, I’m considering sports and entertainment law. The business of sports is what I know. From the day I was born, to not long before I started law school, I’ve observed and absorbed football in every aspect. Although my dad’s profession was unique, it’s not unlike the child of a famous criminal defense attorney following in the family business.
I’m studying for the bar exam now and will be joining a firm here in Hattiesburg (Mississippi) in the fall. The firm is basically just starting, which is what drew me there in the first place. I want to build something, and I’ve learned that when you commit your life to building something, you leave very little time to causes you aren’t passionate about. Somewhere along that journey is where I’ll find my passion. Until then, I’m just trying to survive the bar exam.
B/R: How did your dad react when you told him your law school plans?
Favre-Mallion: My parents knew that I’ve wanted to be a lawyer since I was a kid. They let me take this several-year, roundabout way of getting to where I am, and I’m thankful for that. Now that I have two boys of my own, I know it was difficult for them to watch as I made mistakes. It was a huge relief for Mom and Dad when I finally had an honest conversation with myself about where I want to be.
Mom’s dream was for me to be self-sufficient. She wants me to be financially independent, but mostly she just wants me to have something that I’ve earned, that no one can take away from me. Dad has always had faith in me, even when I wasn’t doing things the way I should have. I think it’s because he’s had a lot of personal struggles over the years, and those experiences have given him a different perspective on the journey people go through to figure out exactly who they are.
He wasn’t surprised that I decided to go to law school. My parents have done everything in their power to make this process easier for me, and I swear to them all the time that I’ll find some way to repay them. They always tell me the only repayment they’ll accept is being able to watch me succeed and be at peace with who I am.
B/R: How much were you around the Packers growing up?
Favre-Mallion: It’s hard to explain just how meaningful it was growing up within the Packers organization. Obviously my childhood was unique. My dad was playing football when I was born, and my first son watched his final season. Football has been my life, and most of it was in Green Bay. I remember getting breakfast at the stadium before dad dropped me off at school. When I was younger, we had players and coaches and their families over all the time. I loved sitting and listening to their stories, hearing them tell jokes, doing impressions of each other and talking about locker room pranks. Those were happy times. People that we were close to slowly started moving away, or moving on, and that’s what made that lifestyle difficult for me. We grew close to families, then in a matter of days, they’ve moved across the country with their next team.
I look back on it now and wish that I had done more to take it all in, but I think that what made it so special was that it wasn’t some mesmerizing experience. It was comfortable. It was normal for me to walk into the training room in the evenings with Dad, grab a handful of the gum they always kept on the counter and wander around the facilities. It didn’t seem like a worthwhile story to tell my friends that I ran around the hallways of one of the most famous stadiums in the country, because it was another home.
Very few people know this story, and I’m not even sure that dad knows, but one night when I was really young, I thought I accidentally burned down the stadium. We were there for dad’s treatment, and of course I decided to explore. I found a pack of popcorn, put it in the microwave, and wandered off with one of the other kids there that night. Later, we both smelled smoke, and I just felt this ultimate feeling of dread sink in. I pretty much just froze thinking, “My dad is going to kill me. I have to run away. This is it, I’m on my own now.” When I got closer, I saw smoke all the way down the hallway, and the microwave was still going. I ran over to the microwave, popped the door open and smoke just billowed out. Naturally, as any kid would do, I left the scene of the crime just as it was, slammed the door to the smoky room, and sat quietly until my dad was ready to go. Thankfully, the stadium still stands, and if anyone reading this had to deal with the burnt popcorn I so quickly abandoned, I’m sorry.
B/R: What lessons did you learn watching your father? Did any of those lessons help you in law school?
Favre-Mallion: The most important lesson I learned from my dad is that at the end of the day, you just have to put in the work. There’s really no way around it. Money can get you to a point, fame can get you a little further, but no one is going to pay me if I can’t do my job well. Connections are a foot in the door, but I have to keep the door open.
I remember one day during the offseason, I was in high school, and dad woke me up on a Saturday morning at some ungodly hour. He said, “Get up. Let’s go for a run.” I told him he was out of his mind if he thought I was going to get up for a run. I didn’t even open my eyes and told him, “I don’t want to go for a run today.” He responded, “I don’t want to go for a run today, either. But you know those guys that’ll be chasing me around on the field in a few months? They’re running today.”
I’ll never forget that. At that point, he was already successful, held records, had fame, money and all that comes with being an exceptional athlete. He didn’t start there, though, not even close. I forget that a lot. I’ve caught myself saying things like, “You wouldn’t understand,” or “We can’t all be famous athletes.” It’s funny, because he had no reason to believe he could be a record-breaking quarterback. He just wanted to be great, and he was willing to put in the work. Just because I decided to go to law school didn’t mean I was going to pop into a courtroom three years later in a suit and just be a lawyer. It all comes down to the work.
My parents also taught me a lot about balance. They pushed me when I needed it, but they also told me to slow down when I needed it. I have a husband and two beautiful boys. Success is great, but if it comes at the expense of my family, it means nothing. My family knows the price we’ve had to pay for success, and it hasn’t always been happy or easy. My parents had no reference for how to handle balancing new success with family stability, so I’m lucky that I’ve been able to use their experience in my own home. I’ve learned that “building a career” is not a healthy mindset. I have to build a life. I’m happy with the outcome so far, but I know I have a lot to learn.
B/R: What is your favorite law school story?
Favre-Mallion: I don’t really have a favorite story, but I did experience several defining moments during law school. I went through a painful divorce the winter before I started school. It took almost a year and a half, and that was my rock bottom. About five months after I thought my life had fallen apart, I met Alex [her husband]. He’s the reason I didn’t quit after my first year. My school was just under two hours from home, so I would stay in New Orleans a few nights during the week to go to class and study. I would go through these phases where I just felt lonely and selfish for leaving Parker, and Alex had a way of calming me and helping me remember the purpose of this struggle. I married Alex my second year. My third year, we had a baby boy, AJ. I went into law school a terribly broken person, and I came out with a family, stronger than I’ve ever been. The experience was so much more than just earning a law degree. I had to change, to grow up, and to stop feeling sorry for myself when I felt overwhelmed or when things didn’t go my way. I had too many people counting on me and too many people supporting me (like my beautiful “Maw Maw” who helped with the boys every time I needed her) to let everyone down.
B/R: What is your favorite dad story?
Favre-Mallion: Dad is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met, and not always what people expect. My husband is British and didn’t really follow American football until recently. It’s hard for him to believe that his father-in law was a celebrity athlete at one point. There’s nothing glamorous about our daily lives.
When I was in middle school, dad had this white Chevy truck that he loved. One day the muffler fell off and was dragging on the ground behind the truck. Instead of having it fixed by a professional, my dad chained it to his bumper. He was pretty proud of his craftsmanship. Dad drove me to school the next morning, and all of my classmates were waiting near the carpool line for the morning bell. As we went over each of the several speed bumps in the car line, sparks spewed from behind the truck, and the muffler made this horrible scraping, clanking sound. It felt like an eternity before we reached the drop-off. Middle school was already terribly awkward for me; I just did my best to blend in as much as possible. Everyone turning to look at the commotion was pretty horrifying. Dad really couldn’t understand why I should be embarrassed.
Every summer, I go through the same obsession: wicker everything! If I could successfully wear a wicker dress without scratching or cutting myself, I would (note to designers). Until then, I’ll get my fix with one of my favorite woven bags.
The Greek islands have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Turquoise waters, white pebble beaches and stunning views; what more could you ask for? But where are those secret secluded beaches the crowds don’t know about?
If you’re holidaying in popular Tsilivi on Zante, you’re likely to love the mix of old Greek charm and boutique style. There’s a popular stretch of golden sandy beach in the main resort but just one kilometre away lies a much quieter sandy beach known locally as Donkey Beach. Leave the parasols behind and relax under the natural shade of the leafy trees that back this beach instead. A real local gem.
As the most popular Greek island, you might think that Rhodes doesn’t have many secrets left to hide. But as the largest of the Dodecanese group, this sun-drenched isle also boasts over 200 kilometres of coastline, which is quite a lot of sand to play with! Most of the popular holiday resorts (Lindos, Faliraki, Kalithea) sit on the sun-soaked east coast, so it’s well worth taking the trip to the other side of the island if you want to enjoy some peace in paradise. Kopria beach, sitting 45 kilometres from historic Rhodes Town at the top of the island, is a true hidden treasure – a tiny cove nestled between giant rocks on either side. Pack a picnic as there are no cafes or facilities on this unspoilt pebbly beach. If you do fancy exploring the charming harbour and castle in Kritinia is two kilometres away.
Fournou Beach, Rhodes
Around 80 kilometres south-east of Rhodes Town, this small pebbled beach has beautiful azure waters. Wild and with a few semi-submerged rocks, this beach remains unspoilt and has a get-back-to-nature feel. A great stop if road tripping around the island.
Santorini boasts some truly stunning beaches, but White Beach is so secluded that it can only be reached by boat. From the port town of Akrotiri, take the €5 boat that runs between Red Beach and White Beach. Skip Red Beach, which has become the bigger tourist attraction, and carry on to tiny, beautiful White Beach to enjoy the crystal clear waters and, as the name suggests, gleaming white sands backed by equally gleaming sheer white cliffs. Bring sunglasses – the effect is dazzling!
Lalaria Beach in Skiathos is another hidden Greek Island treasure that’s only accessible by boat. Instead of joining a tour from Skiathos Old Port, why not hire a boat and head there by yourself when the tour boats have left in the afternoon? And wow, what a place! White sands meet turquoise waters, with huge rock formations rising out of the sea. Swim through the hole in the rocks or capture the incredible ‘picture window’ view on your camera. The nearby Blue and Dark caves are also well worth a stop off once you’re back on board.
A new study has concluded that the family courts do not discriminate against divorced fathers when it comes to access to their children, but the experience of many men suggests otherwise, says Glen Poole
Intel has unveiled its third generation Thunderbolt interface, shedding its loyal Mini DisplayPort connector in favor of the nascent USB-C format. Further to offering greater degrees of versatility when hooking up peripherals, Thunderbolt 3 beefs up bandwidth from 20 Gbps of the second generation to 40 Gbps and can pipe power to your devices at the same time.
“The Eurozone recovery lost some of the wind from its sails in May, with growth of output and new orders both slowing to three-month lows.
“The weak euro is boosting manufacturing and households are benefitting from lower inflation, but the region’s high unemployment continues to limit spending on goods and services. Heightened uncertainty surrounding the Greek debt crisis is also acting as a brake on growth.”
If a deal is reached, then Greek public relief could cushion the blow of making painful concessions, argues George Pagoulatos, professor of European politics and economy at the Athens University of Economics and Business.
According to sources, it proposes a low primary surplus target for this year of between 0.3% and 0.8% of gross domestic product as well as retaining three value-added tax rates – at 6%, 11% and 23% – but varying the goods and services assigned to each rate.
But the Greek proposal for VAT foresees €1bn in revenue being raised, around half of the creditors’ desired target.
It could require Greece to achieve primary budget surpluses — revenues less expenses when debt interest payments are not included — of as much as 3.5% of gross domestic product in the medium term. Athens has demanded a much lower level.
Another person briefed on the plan said the latest proposals remained closer to the IMF’s stance in several important areas — including requiring Greece to keep its pension fund from running a deficit — than the commission’s more lenient views.
Greek bonds are rallying a little this morning, as the City shows confidence that a deal will be reached.
The yield on Greece’s benchmark 10-year debt has fallen to 11.2%, from 11.35% last night. That shows the bonds are seen as less risky (although still unsuitable for widows and orphans).
France’s economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, has predicted success in the talks between Greece and the creditors:
Greek government spokesman Nikos Filis has raised the states this morning, warning that Greece won’t repay €305m to the IMF on Friday unless it believes a deal is close.
“If there is no prospect of a deal by Friday or Monday, I don’t know by when exactly, we will not pay.”
If after two weeks the debt still hasn’t been repaid, IMF’s management make a direct appeal to Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis or his alternate, Yannis Stournaras, making it clear how serious the situation is.
Good morning. It’s going to be a big day for Greece, and the eurozone.
Efforts to agree a package of economic reforms will step up another gear, as Greece’s three main creditors submit their proposal to break the deadlock.
The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, will be presented with what is expected to be a take-it-or-leave-it plan on Wednesday after five months of drama-filled negotiations to keep his debt-stricken country afloat.
“It covers all key policy areas and reflects the discussions of recent weeks,” a senior EU official said on Tuesday. “It will be discussed with Tsipras tomorrow.”
“The prime minister will be in Brussels tomorrow with the Greek proposal in his luggage.”
Growth in Britain's service sector suffered its sharpest slowdown in nearly four years in May, according to a survey which suggested a recent cooling of the economy might last longer than previously thought. Combined with a weak manufacturing figure and a bounce in construction, growth across the three sectors in May was the slowest since December and the second-weakest for two years, Markit said. Britain's economy was probably growing at a quarterly pace of 0.4 percent in May, Markit said, up only slightly from a surprisingly weak 0.3 percent expansion in the first quarter of 2015.
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