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Brett Favre and Derek Jeter after finishing up on the 18th hole. The celebrity foursome also included Andy North and Darius Rucker.

It’s not hard to tell which piece of sporting equipment Brett Favre used to make his living.

With a driver in his hands on the 10th tee Saturday at University Ridge Golf Course, Favre yanked two balls into the trees to the left.

After the first, he pointed to the end of the rope line where the gallery was being held back and cautioned them to watch out.

But with a football in his right hand at a rambunctious 17th green near the end of the celebrity foursome at the American Family Insurance Championship, Favre was in his element.

The Hall of Fame former Green Bay Packers quarterback and three-time NFL MVP played catch with the spectators in the beer garden after finishing up, zinging the last of his two throws into the tent.

“I put a little juice on it,” Favre said, “and I thought about it afterward and I hope I didn’t hit someone between the eyes.”

Favre, retired baseball star Derek Jeter, three-time Grammy-award winning singer Darius Rucker and two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North of Madison played in the charity outing that followed the tournament’s final group.

And if you had any questions about what kind of following that foursome would attract, all you needed to see was the charge up the 18th fairway behind the players as hundreds of people tried to get a closer look.

“This is the biggest entourage I’ve ever been involved in,” said Rucker, who played a concert Friday night at Breese Stevens Field. “Everyone was coming up. ... They followed us and had a good time with us. You’re seeing more money being raised. I think that’s what it’s all about.”

The winning duo — Favre was paired with Jeter in the nine-hole scramble, while Rucker played with North — was due to have $25,000 donated to the American Family Children’s Hospital in their names.

Because the sides tied at 1 under par, the donation was bumped up to $50,000.

Favre made up for his errant tee shots at the 10th by making a birdie putt on the hole. Jeter, who’s a relative newcomer to golf after ending his 20-season New York Yankees career in 2014, sank a birdie putt on No. 12.

“Who are these guys?” North commented to Rucker.

“They’re not playing around,” Rucker replied.

Rucker wasn’t, either, at the par-4 No. 14. He tipped his cap to the gallery after reaching the green with his second shot, then did it again after eliciting a loud cheer by rolling in a 25-foot putt for birdie.

“I’m still hearing that one,” Rucker said. “I’m not going to lie, that felt good.”

Jeter said he had never before played golf in front of a crowd.

“And then I showed up this morning and I found out it’s televised,” he said. “So they set me up.”

Said North: “For two years into this game, he’s doing great. What a great putting stroke.”

Favre played in the celebrity foursome last year with tournament host Steve Stricker, former University of Wisconsin and Packers player Mark Tauscher and North.

So he wasn’t surprised by the kind of crowds and cheers his group got on Saturday.

“Wisconsin — I’m telling you, I’m not just saying this — they support their people like no other,” Favre said.

“This is an obvious reflection of that today.”