Brett Favre admits he checked into rehab more than people knew about

Favre had addictions to pain pills and alcohol.
Publish date:

In his final column after 29 years of writing for Sports Illustrated, Peter King unveiled never-before-known Brett Favre news.  

Favre, an admitted pain-pill addict during the early years of his career, informed King that he went to rehab three times for addiction issues in the 1990s, only one of which – a 72-day stay at a drug clinic in Kansas City – the public was aware of. 

"I actually went to rehab three times," Favre told King. 

The Hall of Fame quarterback said he checked in for pain pills in 1993 or 1994, spending 28 days at a rehab facility. He went back for pain-pill addiction during his MVP season with the Packers in 1995. 

Once he kicked his Vicodin habit he began to drink in excess, admitting that his alcohol abuse led to a third rehab stint in 1998. 

"This time it was strictly for drinking. I didn’t go back to the pills," Favre said. "I admitted my problem, I was in there 28 days, and it worked. When I got out, the toughest thing was the first three months, because I had to change my thought process. 

Today's Top Stories

Minnesota gains two more Fortune 500 companies

The latest on Brian Dozier's future with the Twins

Aaron Rodgers wants to play the rest of his career in Green Bay

"When I played golf before, I realized the only reason I wanted to play was to drink. After a while, instead of thinking, 'How many beers can we drink in 18 holes?' I fell into a pattern of what could I do to get good at golf. I realized with each passing day I really didn’t like drinking."

While King and Favre say his 72-day stay in rehab happened in 1995, previous interviews with Favre note that it happened in 1996. You can hear Favre's stories of taking 15 Vicodin every day in the video below. 

Favre was a three-time NFL MVP, winning the award three straight seasons (1995-97). 

He finished his career with two seasons, 2009 and 2010, with the Vikings. 

Next Up


Pandemic pushes need for cybersecurity and I.T. professionals to forefront

University of Wisconsin-Superior is helping meet demand with online master’s programs

Screen Shot 2020-12-03 at 5.01.58 PM

Body found floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

Efforts to identify the deceased are underway.

Hennepin County Government Center

Judge finds suspect guilty in 1991 murder of young Minneapolis woman

A 58-year-old man from South St. Paul, who was 29 at the time, has been found guilty of stabbing a 20-year-old woman

northfield community education center

Northfield school fires employee who allegedly gave melatonin to infant

It's against district policies to give a child anything without a parents' permission.

state hockey tournament, mshsl

MSHSL approves 3 calendars to start winter sports as soon as Dec. 21

The start date will depend on whether the state shutdown is lifted.


Drug overdose deaths up 31% in the first half of 2020

Overdose deaths started to increase sharply in March, which coincides with the state-ordered lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic.

los ocampos

Video: Vehicle crashes into St. Paul restaurant

The fire department is on scene addressing a gas leak.

covid-19, coronavirus

Latest county infection rates are sky-high throughout Minnesota

Kandiyohi County is one of the hardest hit counties in the state.

Jenna Fish

Family's warning after teen's tragic death from CO poisoning at Thanksgiving

A 17-year-old girl from Delano died after Thanksgiving due to carbon monoxide poisoning.


More than $12K donated to MN gym owner who refused to close

The small business is located in town in Wabasha County.

radio station, microphone

MPR, The Current launch new weekly segment called 'The Warming House'

The program will feature feel-good entertainment amid the pandemic.