"It is really amazing, as I think back, how well I played that year," Favre said. "That was an MVP year for me. But that year, when I woke up in the morning, my first thought was, 'I gotta get more pills.'"
Favre said his issues with pills caused him to spend 28 days at a center in Rayville, Louisiana, in the early 1990s. Favre also says he spent 28 days in rehab "strictly for drinking" in 1998. The story also mentions a previously reported 72-day stint at a Kansas City rehab center in the mid-1990s to get off Vicodin.
"When I drank, I drank to excess," Favre said. "So when I went in the second time, to the place in Kansas, I remember vividly fighting them in there. They said drinking was the gateway drug for me, and they were right, absolutely right, but I wouldn't admit it. I will never forget one of the nurses. I had it all figured out. I fought with this nurse all the time. I would not admit the drinking problem. At the end, she said to me, 'You'll be back.'
"I was back. 1998. Guess who was waiting there when I walked in — that same nurse." The Packers, through a spokesman, declined comment. The front office and coaching staff has turned over several times over the last 20 years.
Favre played in the NFL from 1991-2010 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
Information from: Sports Illustrated (www.si.com )