Favre Reaches Out To Incarcerated Wayne

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September 16, 2010 | 2:50pm EST

Lil Wayne’s spirits have been given a big boost as he serves time behind bars after learning his favorite football player has been keeping the rapper in his prayers.

The Lollipop hitmaker was jailed for weapons possession earlier this year and is expected to walk free from New York’s tough Rikers Island prison in November.

But he will serve his final few weeks with a spring in his step – thanks to a special message from Brett Favre.

Mack Maine, president of Wayne’s Young Money record label, reveals Favre reached out to the incarcerated hip-hop star via their mutual friend Bryant McKinnie, who plays alongside the football great for the Minnesota Vikings.

Maine tells MTV.com, “Bryant McKinnie is one of our friends, B-Mac. (Favre) asked B-Mac, ‘How you been?’ B-Mac answered. And he was like, ‘How’s Wayne?’ That was his second question to B-Mac. Those two are real good friends.

“He said, ‘Let (Wayne) know I been praying for him and send him my love.’ So I let Wayne know that. He said, ‘You just brightened my spirits up for the rest of the month.’ He was real excited.”