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Favre open to working with Newton down the road, agent says

The agent for No. 1 overall draft choice Cam Newton and Brett Favre said Wednesday that Favre would welcome an opportunity to work with the Carolina Panthers' pick when their schedules allow, according to *USA Today*.

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"Brett has offered to do that before with Cam," James "Bus" Cook said. "He would obviously be delighted to work with Cam. They've met, and they've talked."

The idea was suggested by Brentson Buckner, a retired Panthers defensive lineman who now works as a sports radio host in Charlotte, N.C., who said Favre could continue Newton's transition to the NFL that started with workouts with Warren Moon and quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr.

"What better guy for Brett to coach than the No. 1 overall pick," Buckner said. "And what better guy for Cam Newton to learn from than a future Hall of Famer.

"Brett has seen everything and has a wealth of knowledge. If I'm Cam's agent, I get on the phone with Brett and say, 'I want you to tutor this guy.' Brett could help give him that sound base, so that when he does get in there, Cam's ready to roll."

Cook said any potential tutoring by Favre, who last week said he would consider careers down the road as television analyst, will have to wait because Favre is helping with relief efforts in Hackleburg, Ala., after last month's tornadoes wiped out 75 percent of the town and heavily damaged the remainder. The city's main employer was a Wrangler distribution center.

Favre is a pitchman for the company's jeans, and Cook said Favre wanted to go work, not just make a token appearance.

"He said, 'I don't mind signing autographs. But if I go up there, I'm going to bring help. I'm going up there to work,' " Cook said.

Favre met Wednesday with employees and students from Hackleburg High School. He was greeted when he arrived at the plant by Marion County Commission President Don Barnwell, who asked him if he was going to play football this year.

Favre's reply: He's "done with football."

Asked about the NFL lockout, he said he doesn't know if there "would be any football" in 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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