Irvin Favre. As a high school football coach, he helped Southern Miss violate NCAA rules to recruit his son.
WIFE: Deanna. He got her pregnant when he was 18, and she was 19. Married her seven years later.
BROTHER: Scott. Killed a family friend when he drove his car into a railroad crossing and got hit by a train. Jailed for DUI.
SISTER: Brandi. A Mississippi beauty queen, arrested for shoplifting.
In 1992, Favre was arrested after a barroom brawl in Hattiesburg, Miss., that began when he was arguing with the future Mrs. Favre. A bystander tried to intervene, and soon Favre was wrestling him to the floor. Favre was charged with drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and profanity.
Favre was a substance abuser in the mid-1990s. In 1996, he announced he was addicted to Vicodin, a prescription pain-killer.
The NFL sent him to the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kan., to dry out. Favre now says he's sober.
"The biggest problem wasn't getting the pills down, it was keeping them down. I'd go into the bathroom, take a big slug of water, and try swallowing a handful of pills. Most of the time, I'd just throw them right back up and they'd land on the floor. No big deal. I'd just pick the pills out of the vomit, rinse them off, and try again."
- From "Vicodin, Rehab and Beer. Hey, It Won Me a Super Bowl," an excerpt from Favre's 1998 autobiography, "Favre: For The Record," published in Esquire magazine
Caring father figure
During his Vicodin addiction, Favre went into a seizure in front of his 7-year-old daughter. While watching her dad convulsing, the child screamed, "Is my daddy going to die? Is my daddy going to die?"
A reformed man
Favre was sprung from rehab after lying to his counselors. In his autobiography, he brags:
"Finally, I told them what they wanted to hear: that I was a drug addict and I needed help. Sure enough, a week later they said, 'We think you're ready to leave.'
"...Then I walked out the door and was like, 'Screw you.' "
He's a clubhouse prankster who's been known to put Heet ointment in players' jockstraps and shaving cream in their helmets. Once, he doused his own roommate with a bucket of ice water while he was on a commode.
If he wasn't making $10 million a year, somebody would've already pushed him off a tall building.