Brett Favre (People in the News) by Lucent Books

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A biography of the fairway Bay Packers' big name quarterback who led the group to victory within the 1997 tremendous Bowl XXXI.

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Good year for the team. Holmgren wanted more: a Super Bowl win. “We had a test of wills,” Holmgren says. “He’s a knucklehead. ”21 Favre’s starting job was in jeopardy after he had to leave a game against Minnesota on October 20 because of a bruised left hip. It was the first time since becoming a starter in 1992 that he left a game due to injury. Backup Mark Brunell came into the game and did well, but the Packers lost 13–10 in overtime. After the game, Holmgren considered benching Favre. He had thrown forty-six touchdowns in thirtyeight games, but he had also thrown forty-four interceptions.

While he was fighting through this personal struggle, he continued to keep his mind on football and the Packers’ quest for an NFL title. Repercussions Favre’s addiction did not impact his play on the field, and he did not take the pills on the days leading up to game days. However, the Vicodin impacted his personal life and his physical well-being. During the season Favre was living with his girlfriend and their daughter in a four-bedroom house not far from Lambeau Field. 36 The Beginnings of a Serious Problem F avre’s addiction to Vicodin worsened during the 1995 season.

On the weekends he stayed away from the pills, but by late in the 1994 season he felt he needed to have them regularly during the week. Hernia surgery in early 1995 gave him access to Vicodin in that off-season, as he was prescribed the drug for pain. He complained of pain much longer than he actually had it and went from taking six pills a night to taking ten. However, he would often choose to go out drinking with his friends rather than spend time with them. His drug addiction brought on mood swings and sleeplessness that were not helped by his drinking.

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