In his forthcoming book, quarterback Brett Favre details his addiction to painkillers and says the NFL lied at the Super Bowl by saying it was still reviewing his request to have his alcohol ban lifted.
In “Favre: For the Record,” the two-time most-valuable-player of the Green Bay Packers acknowledges publicly for the first time that, with the league’s approval, he drank alcohol during Super Bowl week.
Favre wrote that he’d been cleared in December to drink but that he too lied about his status to avoid distractions.
Favre, banned from drinking alcohol after he admitted he was addicted to Vicodin and spent 46 days at a drug rehab clinic before the 1996 season, said he had a few drinks on the Friday night before the Super Bowl but that he was discreet about it.
In other news, Favre’s teammate, defensive end Reggie White, defended Denver Bronco linebacker Bill Romanowski, whose hit that broke Carolina Panther quarterback Kerry Collins’ jaw last weekend is being reviewed by the league for disciplinary action.
“If anything needs to be changed, I think the rules need to stop being changed to benefit the offense,” White said. “That’s exactly what’s happening. And I will be very upset and disappointed, even though the guy’s not on my team, if the NFL fines Bill Romanowski.”
Collins’ jaw was broken, sidelining him for six weeks.
Philadelphia Eagle Coach Ray Rhodes will decide soon whether Rodney Peete or Ty Detmer is his starting quarterback. “We don’t want to wait a long time because we’ve got to get our team together,” Rhodes said.
The Chicago Bears signed free-agent defensive tackle Mark Spindler, who was recently released by the Seattle Seahawks. In another move, the Bears waived wide receiver Haywood Jeffires, who had joined the team as a free agent last month after 10 years in Houston and New Orleans.