Brett Favre Admits to Three Trips to Rehab During Playing Career with Packers

Former Packers quarterback and Hall of Famer Brett Favre is back in the news, as the retired former Super Bowl Champion has come out with a bombshell, stating that he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his playing career.

Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his Hall of Fame career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol.

Favre, 48, told Sports Illustrated that he took as many as 14 Vicodin at one time during the 1995 season in Green Bay. Favre won the first of his three consecutive Most Valuable Player awards that season.

“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.

Coming Soon: A New Deal for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers might have a new contract soon.

General manager Brian Gutekunst told PFT Live he expects the team and Rodgers to “come to an agreement soon” on a deal.

There have been reports that Rodgers is frustrated with the team for not consulting him before cutting Jordy Nelson and firing QBs coach Alex Van Pelt, but Gutekunst does not seem to be worried about those frustrations affecting contract talks. “We’re pretty confident that this is something that’s taking its normal course, its normal time,” Gutekunst said.

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Former Packers DL Carlos Gray Shot to Death in Alabama

Authorities say a former Packers player has been found shot to death in his home in Alabama.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office says former Packers defensive lineman Carlos Gray was found shortly before 10 p.m. Monday near Birmingham, Alabama. The 25-year-old is a native of Pinson, Alabama.

Al.com reports that sheriff’s deputies and Center Point Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the house after a friend found Gray wounded and unresponsive.

Gray played at North Carolina State University and signed with the Packers as a free agent in 2014.

Al.com reports that he was released from the Packers in 2015 and returned home to Alabama. He was the father of two young children.

Packers Earn an ‘A’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Packers, who according to Kiper got an ‘A-‘ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

The Packers think they’re ready to compete for a Super Bowl in 2018, if Aaron Rodgers stays on the field, and if they can defend the pass. That was a major weakness last season — the Green Bay secondary couldn’t stop wide receivers. It gave up an NFL-high 21 touchdown passes to receivers. So new GM Brian Gutekunst went out and got two corners with his first two picks to address that problem, and I like both players. Jaire Alexander (pick 18) is an elite athlete and playmaker. Josh Jackson (45) led the FBS with eight interceptions in 2017. He’s a ball hawk, and I was really surprised that the Packers were able to get him when they did. Possible steal. They’re going to create turnovers. Kevin King had an injury-plagued rookie season and only started five games, but he’s a good player, too. That’s a talented cornerback group. I also liked third-round pick Oren Burks, who will likely play inside linebacker. He was versatile and consistent at Vanderbilt.

The best move the Packers made this weekend, though, was adding an extra 2019 first-round pick. New Orleans traded up from No. 27 to No. 14 to take Marcus Davenport, and Green Bay moved out of Round 1 (and then later moved back in by dealing third- and sixth-round picks to Seattle). That’s a huge chip to have next year, when the pass-rushing prospects should be better than they were in this class.

Elsewhere, J’Mon Moore (133) offers some receiving depth, and Cole Madison (138) reminds me a lot of what David Bakhtiari was coming out of college. That worked out just fine. JK Scott (172) was my third-ranked punter. Equanimeous St. Brown (207) is worth a late Day 3 pick as a talented but inconsistent wide receiver. The reason this class gets an “A” is the 2019 first-rounder it added from New Orleans. Now, that could end up being a very late Day 1 pick. I don’t care. I really like what Gutekunst did in his first draft.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/18 Jaire Alexander CB LOUISVILLE
2/45 Josh Jackson CB IOWA
3/88 Oren Burks OLB VANDERBILT
4/133 J’Mon Moore WR MISSOURI
5/138 Cole Madison OT WASHINGTON STATE
5/172 JK Scott P ALABAMA
5/174 Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR SOUTH FLORIDA
6/207 Equanimeous St. Brown WR NOTRE DAME
7/232 James Looney DT CALIFORNIA
7/239 Hunter Bradley LS MISSISSIPPI STATE
7/248 Kendall Donnerson OLB SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE

Report: Packers Looking to Move Up in the First Round of the NFL Draft

The draft is closing in, and reports from NFL Networks’ Ian Rapoport says the Packers might be in the market to move up, something they haven’t done in some time.

New GM Brian Gutekunst and Packers Use Pre-Draft Visits to Bring in Top Names

In prior years, Packers general manager Ted Thompson used his allotted 30 pre-draft invitations to the Packers’ facility mostly on undrafted free agent types, refusing to tip off the competition on what he might be doing in the early and middle rounds of the draft.

New general manager Brian Gutekunst has changed all that and has brought in some of the top names in the draft, including Florida State safety Derwin James, Washington nose tackle Vita Vea, Virginia Tech inside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

“I just thought for me and how I wanted to go about it, there’s just a certain amount of, yes, I wanted to have some face-to-face time with (them) individually,” Gutekunst said Monday. “I also think getting them with our coaching staff and seeing how they might fit in our room and our team locker room was important.”

“We’ve done that in the past, I don’t know if it’s been as publicized as it has been, but we’ve done that in the past and I always liked it. We just did a little bit more of it this year.”

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst Not Aware if QB Aaron Rodgers is Upset with Team

If there’s a burgeoning feud with his star quarterback, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is unaware of any internal strife, Ryan Wood of USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports.

Gutekunst said Monday he has seen reports of Aaron Rodgers’ discontentment regarding a lack of involvement with personnel decisions. It’s something Rodgers downplayed last week, saying he understands his job is to play quarterback. Rodgers also acknowledged disappointment with receiver Jordy Nelson’s release.

“I’ve certainly seen what’s been reported,” Gutekunst said. “Nobody has voiced any frustrations to me or anything like that.”

Rodgers has lost his favorite receiver and quarterbacks coach this offseason. On the day Nelson was released, Gutekunst said he informed his quarterback only after the decision. Rodgers also mentioned earlier this offseason he wasn’t consulted with the decision to let quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt’s contract expire.

“I always want to listen to any of our players, our coaches, our scouts,” Gutekunst said. “Ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s my job to do the task at hand, which is make decisions for the Green Bay Packers on our roster. But I’ve always felt like I was a good listener. I’ve been listening a lot the last couple weeks and will continue to do so.”