Beforw Brett Favre became the face of the Green Bay Packers, spending a short stint with the Atlanta Falcons. The quarterback wasn’t a good fit for the team, in part because he spent a lot of time in bars and overused drugs and alcohol during that time.
The Falcons coach, Jerry Glanville, had enough of the young quarterback’s actions and traded him with the Packers after just one season, claiming he was doing it to wake him up.
Brett Favre fought a short distance with the Atlanta Falcons
As the 33rd overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft, the 22-year-old quarterback from the Miss South was the second-round pick for the Atlanta Falcons. Favre earned a $350,000 signing bonus and signed a three-year deal with the Hawks worth $1.4 million.
Favre played only two games in the junior season, throwing a total of five shots. According to Blogging Dirty, “During those five shots, he completed zero passes, made two interceptions, and was fired for losing eleven yards.” After just one season, the Falcons replaced Favre with the Green Bay Packers in the first round.
The Daily News reported that Favre admitted he had a lot of bad habits during his time with the Falcons. “I just said, ‘The hell with her,'” the Super Bowl-winning quarterback explained. “I was going out every night, gaining weight, and getting in bad shape. I didn’t study. I didn’t care.”
Favre said he’ll go on a “nonstop binge drinking and eating,” knowing he won’t be in the game on Sunday. His brother, Scott, who enjoyed partying with the NFL legend, said, “He didn’t think he’d get a chance this season, so he probably didn’t take it seriously.” Favre continued, “Plus you’re young and stupid and in a big, exciting city. We took advantage of that.”
According to Pro Football Talk, Glanville defended his decision to trade the quarterback, saying, “I had to get him out of Atlanta… I couldn’t wake him up.” The Falcons coach explained, “I sent him to a city where at 9:00 at night the only thing open was Chili Joyce.” “If I were to trade it with New York,” he said, “no one to this day would know who Brett Favre was.”
Was Jerry Glanville Really Concerned About Favre’s Sobriety?
Wisconsin has the third highest rate in the state for alcohol consumption and the number of bars per capita. According to local radio station Mix 108, there are 3,043 bars for the 5.7 million people living in Badger State.
While Glanville has claimed he replaced the young quarterback for his own good, the facts don’t add up. With one bar for every 1,910 cheeses in Green Bay, trading with Packers is pointless.
If Glanville was genuinely concerned about the quarterback’s sobriety, perhaps he’d have traded Favre to the Baltimore Ravens. Near Lynchburg, Virginia, there is only one bar per 84,724 residents.
According to Sports Illustrated, the coach was tired of trying to wake up his annoying player, saying, “People thought I didn’t like Brett Favre. It wasn’t. It wasn’t about liking or hating. I saw him do things to a football game that no one else did.” Glanville explained, “He can play. But he doesn’t want to play. He wanted to party.”
Brett Favre has cleaned up his act to become the legendary midfielder
Favre found his home at Lambeau Field and spent 16 seasons wearing the number 4 for the Green Bay Packers.
According to Sportskeeda, “During the mid-late 1990s, Hall of Fame QB developed an addiction to prescription medications.” Favre attended several drug rehabilitation centers to overcome his dependence on Vicodin.
Known as a gunslinger, Favre cleaned up his business. He became the most valuable player in the NFL for three consecutive years from 1995 to 1997. The 11-time Pro Bowler led the Lakers to a Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots. Favre held the relegation record in the league, until it was surpassed in 2021 by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Us Weekly reported that Favre, who retired from football in 2010, “opened up about substance abuse issues over the years” in his memoir, Favre: To register.
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