Then Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf got a steal when he sent the 19th pick to the Atlanta Falcons for quarterback Brett Favre in 1992.
Neither the Packers or Falcons knew then what Favre would become, but former Falcons coach Jerry Glanville says he decided to move Favre for one reason – he was a drunk.
“I had to get him out of Atlanta. . . . I could not sober him up,” Glanville said. “I sent him to a city where at 9:00 at night the only thing that’s open is Chili Joes. You can get it two ways, with or without onions. And that’s what made Brett Favre make a comeback was going to a town that closed down. If I would have traded him to New York, nobody to this day would have known who Brett Favre ever was.”
I don’t know if I agree with the logic exactly. Sure, there’s a lot more to do in Atlanta and you can do it all night long, but there’s only one thing to do in Green Bay – drink.
Those of you who were following the Packers in the early 90s have probably heard the same stories I have about Favre’s drunken antics, most of which involved tight end Mark Chmura and center Frank Winters. So, it’s not like Favre slowed down when he came to Green Bay. In fact, his much publicized pain killer addition points to the fact that he actually picked up the pace on being a debaucherous asshole.
It is interesting to know the Packers acquired one of the greatest quaterbacks in history because he was a drunk, however.
Some things were just meant to be, I guess.