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NFL: Brett Favre Forever

Warner Bros. // 2005 // 51 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Ryan Keefer (Retired) // October 26th, 2006

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The Charge

A personal journey through the life and career of an NFL hero.

The Case

Even though he is living out the December of his playing career, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be remembered as a player who rose from circumstances that seemed to be discouraging for almost anyone, but has overcome them and risen to legendary heights in the National Football League.

In this special, which can only be described as some sort of ESPN or NFL Network program, Brett Favre Forever neatly summarizes the life and career of the player in 42 short and tidy minutes. Narrated by Billy Bob Thornton (Friday Night Lights), the feature recalls Favre's humble beginnings in Kiln, Mississippi, where he played youth football for his father Irv. While Favre was a successful player, he managed to attract little, if any, interest from college programs. In fact, the football powerhouse of Southern Mississippi was the only one that recruited him. Favre started early in his career, but didn't set the world afire. However, things changed when he got in a car accident near the family home, where he was hospitalized and almost three feet of his intestines were removed. Less than two months later, Favre was back in his starting role, and helped lead his team to an upset win of national legends Alabama.

Coming into the NFL, Favre wasn't one who enjoyed a lot of wining and dining. In fact, he wasn't drafted until the second round of the NFL draft (where an executive mispronounced his last name as "Favor" all over ESPN), where the Atlanta Falcons picked him in 1991. However, Favre was still drinking (and had been since the college days, sometimes the day before a game) and the only way coach Jerry Glanville used him during his tenure was as a sideshow for betting on his remarkable arm strength with other players. Favre could throw balls from the field to the upper deck when he had to, but never felt the urge to compete for a starting role in Atlanta, and when he did get in to play, the results were erratic (his first throw as a pro was a touchdown, however it was on an interception return by the other team).

It was Packers General Manager Ron Wolf who took a chance on the prospect, and traded to get him up to the famed "frozen tundra" of Lambeau field. Favre didn't get a chance to start immediately, it was only when Don Majkowski was injured that coach Mike Holmgren put in Favre, and the rest is history, clichéd saying and all. Favre has won one Super Bowl and stands in second place to Dan Marino on many of the records for passing in the NFL.

Favre has had to deal with several tragedies and demons during his career. In 1996, he had to check into rehabilitation for painkiller addiction. Following his clean bill of health, he led the Packers to their first Super Bowl in almost 30 years. Favre's beloved father Irv died of a heart attack and crashed his car in 2003, and he played on a Monday night in Oakland, the day after this occurred. The result was a memorable Favre performance, where he threw for almost 400 and four touchdowns. Favre's brother died on an ATV and his wife (and high school sweetheart Deanna) was diagnosed with breast cancer in recent years.

The feature itself is your usual NFL films production, incorporating a lot of highlight footage in with some surprising home videos (a pseudo-mulleted Favre with a Swatch getting his high school diploma is kind of funny), and Thornton low keys the narration, without a lot of dramatics. While any fan of the Pack will likely snap up this video (if they haven't already), I'm sure many people have seen more effective tributes, and this will probably re-air when Favre retires anyway, so you may want to hold onto your money.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 58

Perp Profile

Studio: Warner Bros.
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English
Running Time: 51 Minutes
Release Year: 2005
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Documentary
• Sports

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