Favre: This is ‘awful ridiculous'

During an 18-plus-minutes news conference on Wednesday, the legendary quarterback responds to a story that he tried to sabotage his former team.

An agitated Brett Favre called allegations that he divulged deep secrets about the Green Bay Packers' offense to the Detroit Lions "awful ridiculous."

Favre spent more than 15 minutes of his 18-minute, 28-second news conference on Wednesday talking about a report issued by FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer before Sunday's games.

According to Favre, while driving from the Jets' headquarters in Hempstead, N.Y., to his home in New Jersey, then-Lions President Matt Millen called. The conversation — Favre said it lasted 15 or 20 minutes, not the 60 to 90 reported by Glazer — opened with Millen offering to take Favre hunting on land Millen owns about an hour from Favre's new home.

"I'm sure his intentions weren't fishing me for information," Favre said, though later he said he figured Millen was calling to do just that. "Just asked me how we attacked them last year. We attacked them pretty good. I didn't give him any game plan. I haven't been in that offense for over a year. I don't know what else to tell you. It was pretty simple."

Favre wouldn't guess who the sources were for Glazer's story, but did blame the Packers organization for some of the harsh locker room fallout.

"I think the players in Green Bay know me, know what type of guy I am, what type of teammate I was," Favre said. "They're hearing things. I don't want to say brainwashed. But whoever this player was that said ‘sabotage,' he didn't make that up. That's coming from somewhere."

That player was veteran cornerback Charles Woodson, who said there was "no honor" in Favre placing a call to the Lions.

"Go back and tell Charles, ‘I did not call them,'" Favre said.

Favre said he wasn't angry, though he was irritated that the scab covering the wounds of his messy divorce between him and the team he quarterbacked for 16 seasons continues to be ripped off. Favre said he has better things to do than plot against the Packers.

"To be sending whatever amount of time giving away another game plan is totally not true," Favre said. "Once again, it's not anger. It's ridiculous, both sides. It's unfair to this team. It's unfair to those guys."

Favre estimated half of his conversation with Millen focused on hunting and the other half was on football. Favre said Millen asked how the Packers attacked the Lions last year and what he thought of their defense.

Favre says he only "vaguely" remembers the Nov. 22 game, a 37-26 victory at Detroit in which he completed 22 consecutive passes, and that he barely played in a meaningless regular-season finale. Beyond his limited memories, Favre said he had little to offer because he was unaware of any schematic changes made by the Lions' defense or the Packers' offense under Aaron Rodgers.

"I can assure you, it wasn't anything," Favre said.

Several times, Favre said there's "nothing wrong" with sharing information with another team. He said the practice is common, such as when the Jets tapped the mind of linebacker Calvin Pace, who played for the Cardinals last year, before those team met a couple of weeks ago.

"Don't think for a second that when Mike McCarthy left in 1999 and went to the Saints (to become offensive coordinator)," Favre said, "and we played them the next year and they put it to us, that he didn't tell his guys what he thought. There's nothing wrong with it."

Of course, the difference between the examples is Pace and McCarthy were telling their new teams information about their old teams. In Favre's case, whatever information he shared with Millen did nothing to help the Jets.

"Believe me, I'm trying my best to help this team win," Favre said. "I'm spending no time trying to make sure the Packers lose. I've got enough on my plate, believe me."

Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report and PackerReport.com. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com

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