Deanna Favre promotes book amid controversy

With Brett Favre at the center of an NFL investigation, Deanna Favre stood tall promote her book, "The CURE for the Chronic Life."

It's nothing uncommon to have the name "Favre" making news. But on Thursday, it was Deanna Favre, Brett's wife, making the headlines more than Brett.

Deanna made the talk-show rounds Thursday to promote her new book "The CURE for the Chronic Life" – as she and pastor Shane Stanford share their life struggles. She is a breast cancer survivor. Stanford is a hemophiliac who contracted H.I.V. through a blood transfusion. Intended to be read over a 40-day period, the book is broken into 10-day sections: Compassion, Understanding, Response and Encouragement (CURE).

Deanna appeared on the shows "Fox and Friends" and "Good Morning America" Thursday to promote the book, interviews that were set up long before the Jenn Sterger allegations were made public.

As expected, Deanna wasn't able to avoid questions about the current investigation being undertaken by the NFL. Asked to respond, she declined, saying that struggles in life come as they do and that her spirituality is what has helped her through past struggles as well as the current discord in the lives of her family brought on by the allegations.

While she wouldn't specifically address the allegations, she said, "I can tell you that faith, obviously I'm a woman of faith, has gotten me through many different struggles. It will get me through this one and that's the reason Shane and I wrote the book."

To her credit, with media trying to get every salacious news bit or quote at a time when Brett is remaining mum and giving similar answers to every question, Deanna showed a lot of class and dignity Thursday. It would have been easy to simply cancel the interviews and avoid the potential for embarrassment and being connived into answering questions that Brett has refused to. Instead, she was able to dance around the mine field of personal questions, stay on point and let cancer survivors know that there is hope – the crux of the book's message.

In the end, she was able to get the message she had hoped she would get across through the interviews.


  • Meanwhile, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was answering a question about the Brett Favre investigation during a chat with fans on

    "We are treating this circumstance seriously and gathering all the facts. Workplace conduct is the main focus," Goodell wrote. "Each of these cases are looked at individually and we have to be thorough and fair. We also are working hard on the development of our workplace conduct training program for all teams. We are working with experts in the field and expect to roll it out to our teams by the end of the season."

  • The Vikings added Percy Harvin and Ryan Cook to the injury report Thursday, giving the team a season-high 12 players on the report. Harvin was added to the injury report with a hamstring injury that wasn't previously an issue, which was something of a surprise, since he was taking part in practice Thursday during the portion viewed by the media. Husain Abdullah missed practice for a second straight day with post-concussion concerns. Two players – Jim Kleinsasser (groin) and Lito Sheppard (hand) returned to practice on a limited basis after being sidelined Wednesday. Seven others were limited for a second straight day – Favre (ankle/right elbow), E.J. Henderson (knee), John Sullivan (calf), Chris Cook (knee), Brian Robison (ankle), Letroy Guion (toe) and Chris DeGeare (ankle).

  • It seems like old times in the Vikings locker room with Randy Moss back. On both Wednesday and Thursday, Moss was sitting in front of his locker doing nothing in particular but, when asked if he would comment on the upcoming game with the Packers and his role in the critical second coming of Favre in Green Bay, he declined to answer questions. Moss has grown up physically in the years since he left the Vikings, but he's the same moody player that caused friction with the media in the past. When reporters ask for a comment they are convinced fans would be interested in hearing, Moss gives his standard, "I ain't talkin'" response.

  • For the Packers, wide receiver Donald Driver didn't practice for a second straight day with a quadriceps injury, but he is expected to play. Starting OT Chad Clifton (knee) and DE Cullen Jenkins (hand) fully practiced Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Two others – safety Nick Collins (knee) and LB A.J. Hawk (groin) – returned to practice after missing Wednesday's practice. CB Charles Woodson, who was limited in practice on Wednesday, didn't practice Thursday for what were termed as personal reasons. He is expected back at practice today.

    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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