Favre’s Former Coach: “I could not sober him up”

Brett Favre originally started his NFL career in Atlanta with the Falcons, and was coached by Jerry Glanville.

Via Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com, Glanville guested on Thom Abraham’s WNSR radio show in Nashville recently and said that one of the reasons the legendary quarterback was traded to Green Bay was his affinity for late night inebriants:

“I had to get him out of Atlanta. . . . I could not sober him up. I sent him to a city where at 9:00 at night the only thing that’s open is Chili Joes. If I would have traded him to New York, nobody to this day would have known who Brett Favre ever was.”

Not exactly a revelation that Favre had an addictive lifestyle, but interesting to note Glanville going on the record about the extent of it in Atlanta - and how that supposedly led to the Green Bay trade.

Though knowing Glanville, who is notorious for his predilection for exaggeration, he may be engaging in a little revisionist history to cover himself for the most catastrophic transaction for Atlanta since the Fulton County zoning board signed off on a Wet Willies.