From changing uniforms to texting package pics, Brett Favre has had a taste of it all.
For those unaware of the impeding accusations against Favre, the NFL legend has reportedly been sending nude photos of himself to sideline sports reporter Jenn Sterger.
For Favre fans, this may be the biggest downfall of all.
However, from this latest scandal to throwing interceptions in key moments in the playoffs, let’s take a closer look at the most controversial moments in Brett Favre’s career.
Brett Favre has got to be the epitome of calling off retirements.
The on-again, off-again legendary NFL QB has had his share of retiring moments—yet amazingly is still playing the game today.
Favre, the Minnesota Vikings play-caller, has retired two to three times (depending on how you view this past offseason’s moves); and yet he’s still going and throwing strong at 40 years old.
After 16 seasons with Green Bay, the longtime Packers quarterback decided to pack his bags and head to New York for a one-year stint with the Jets.
And for a majority of Green Bay fans, the pain still remains.
However, his time in New York was very short-lived—after spending one season with the Jets (and one game short of a playoff berth), Favre moved on after a brief “retirement.”
After his one-year stint with the Jets, Favre moved on to the Minnesota Vikings—spending an exhilarating season with the team en route to a near Super Bowl berth.
But after that dream fell short and Favre went down with a late playoff injury, the Minnesota QB once again contemplated retirement.
Yet he returned deep into offseason workouts and shortly before preseason games.
Favre spent his first season in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, but only lasted five pass attempts.
Amazingly, Favre’s first pass in an NFL regular season game resulted in an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
During his lone season with Atlanta, Favre threw two interceptions and did not complete a single pass.
Sadly, Favre has also dealt with his share of personal issues: ranging from his father’s death to his wife beating breast cancer to his brother in-law being killed in an ATV accident.
Favre played in a Monday Night Football game one night after his father passed away from a heart attack/stroke in December of 2003.
In October of 2004, Favre’s brother-in-law was killed in an ATV accident and shortly thereafter his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer—which she was thankfully able to fully recover from and has since created The Deanna Favre Hope Foundation.
In August of 2005, the Favre family encountered another setback when Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home.
Thankfully, no one was injured and Favre decided to continue to play during the 2005 season with the Green Bay Packers.
Unfortunately, Favre’s 2005 season was anything but amazing.
The Packers finished 4-12 that year, as Favre tossed 29 interceptions and threw just 20 touchdowns during the 2005 season.
Amazingly, Green Bay still amassed over 3,000 yards that season—but it was definitely a down year for Favre.
In 1996, Brett Favre admitted to having a problem with an addiction to Vicodin.
“Voluntarily, I’m going to get into an in-treatment facility for however long it takes to get better,” Favre told Sporting News in 1996. “My objective is to get better so I can continue to play at the level that I have and to get to the Super Bowl.
“It’s kind of a difficult time because throughout the years I’ve played with pain and injuries and, uh, suffered numerous surgeries ... and possibly became dependent upon medication.”
Enough said, right?
A late game pick against the New Orleans Saints in 2009 is probably the clearest Brett Favre interception moment in most minds, and understandably so.
I am sure many will also remember Favre’s overtime interception in 2007 against the New York Giants that resulted in a game-winning field goal.
Or Favre’s eight interceptions and just two touchdowns during the final five-game stretch for the Jets in 2008, resulting in New York missing the playoffs.
We could go back even further, but I think the last three years of postseason flaws speaks for itself.
And finally, we have the latest controversy to hit the wire: the married NFL veteran quarterback sending nude pictures to sports reporter Jenn Sterger.
Does it get any worse than this?
I highly doubt it, but you never know in the world of sports.
Regardless of what comes to light with this latest controversy concerning Favre and Sterger, one thing is certain: this event pretty much sums up the NFL legend’s entire career.
Over a matter of three-plus years, Favre has gone from hero to zero in terms of personality and controversy.
Will he ever bounce back?
Only time will tell; but he’s definitely not getting any younger…
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org