Lance Schultz figured he'd slide the envelope through the mail slot and never hear from its intended recipient again. He wondered how many times a fan had written his favorite athlete a letter, only to come away disappointed when it failed to yield a response.
Besides, Schultz thought, Brett Favre was probably busy anyway.
"I said, 'What do I have to lose?'" Schultz recalled. "If he gets back to me, that's going to be pretty cool. If he doesn't, it's not a big deal. I don't expect him to get back to me."
Imagine Schultz's surprise, then, when he not only heard from Favre; but he also got to meet him in person, too, thanks to a series of events that perfectly coordinated.
Schultz, a resident of Berlin, Wis., was headed for a family vacation to Gulf Shores, Ala., in late March when an idea came to mind. He would only be a three-hour drive from Favre's hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss. What if he wrote Favre with a request to meet?
So, Schultz drafted a one-paragraph, 154-word letter off...