Favre the prankster

Former center Frank Winters recalls one of his most memorable stories of quarterback

Brett Favre and former Packers center Frank Winters have been friends since the time that both began playing together in 1992. In fact, Favre told Winters, who played for the Packers from 1992-2002, of his pending announcement to retire about a week-and-a-half before he let on to the rest of the football world of the news.

Winters, who attended the Packers Fan Fest today at the Lambeau Field atrium, and Favre have had a numerous memorable moments on and off the field, including pranks. Favre has always been one of the ring leaders in the team's locker room when it comes to pranks, and Winters recalled today how he was on the receiving end of one while he was playing with the Packers.

The prank on Winters occured after a practice in which Favre took Winters' car from the players lot and relocated it to a different part of Lambeau Field. At the time, players left their keys in their vehicles because the lot is secure, but Winters' car was gone one day after practice, which made him a little nervous.

"I told Red (Batty, the equipment manager), you better call the cops because I think somebody stole my car," Winters recalled. "He (Batty) said, 'What do you mean?' I said, 'My car is gone. It's not in the parking lot.' He said, 'It's got to be there,' and I said, 'No, it's not.'

"It was about 15-below zero. It was in the winter and it was freezing out. They called security, so the Packers security drives around the stadium here and they found it down at the end of the stadium. Brett had pulled it out and drove it all the way down on the side (of the stadium). He had the air conditioner running full blast, music blasting, and this was about two hours after practice.

"Then what he did is he locked the keys in the car with it running. So the car is running. We had to call the key service company to come out. I had to pay $40 bucks for the guys to come out and do it.

"That's the kind of guy he was. He probably pulled hundreds of them (pranks) over the years, some of them I can't even say, but that was probably one of the cleaner ones."


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