Brett Favre was inducted into the Green Bay Packers’ Hall of Fame this past weekend, and if you weren’t able to see it, don’t worry. Former Favre teammate LeRoy Butler summed it up perfectly:
“For a guy that doesn’t drink, I still have a hangover from this weekend,” Butler said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Really. Oh my God.”
Aside from perhaps Peyton Manning in Indianapolis or Tom Brady in Foxboro, what player could fill a stadium like Favre filled Lambeau this past weekend?
“I think the thing that kind of threw us off – we saw people tailgating,” Butler said. “I said, ‘Wait a minute. Come on.’ I mean, it was just one of these things that was unprecedented. When you saw all those jerseys, it was overwhelming.”
Butler played with Favre in Green Bay from 1992 to 2001 and of course had some good stories about him. Favre was very much a jokester, but Butler and his teammates got the better of him in the early 1990s.
“When he first got there, it was a little different how your locker room was,” Butler said. “You had to sit on this little bench to put on your cleats and your socks and stuff like that. We kind of rigged his locker. It was all rookies, and when he sat on his little bench area, we put a lot of liquid heat right on his bench. So he sat on it – and he’s from Mississippi, he don’t know. So we just sit there and we’re watching this guy in the meeting kind of squirm a little bit. So he kind of yells, ‘Hey, I got to go to the restroom.’ The coach says, ‘Hey, look, the restroom break is over with.’ And he says, ‘I really got to go to the bathroom. I think somebody put something in my jock or something.’”
Favre was denied again.
“And he goes ‘Listen, I’m not a rookie, guys,’ Butler recalled. “And one of the veterans – I don’t know who it was – said, ‘Listen, you were a backup in Atlanta. If you didn’t play, you’re still a rookie.’ And everybody kind of laughed and he went downstairs.”
As Butler explained, the only thing that “puts the fire out” of liquid heat is baby powder.
“So when he got back up there, he smelled like a two-month old kid,” Butler said. “It was awesome.”
For as much fun as Butler and Favre had off the field, they also had plenty of fun on it, playing in two Super Bowls and winning one. Believe it or not, Butler, a four-time All-Pro safety, played a pivotal role in Favre’s development as a quarterback. Butler remembers talking to Favre one day at practice after Favre threw an interception.
“I said ‘Listen, you got to play the way you want to play. As a defense, we’ll go get it back. We don’t need the quarterback that’s going to throw the safe passes. Throw it between the linebackers, safety and the corner. We don’t have a problem with that,” Butler recalled. “And I’ll say this. We thought we would never see another Joe Montana. But I think we saw that with Tom Brady. He even has the same dimple on his chin. Four championships. I don’t think you’ll ever see another Brett Favre because no coach is ever going to let you play that way. So the mold was broken on this guy with how you play quarterback. We loved him for 16 years and we wanted him to be his way – the same moxie and arrogance it takes to play quarterback. We had no problem with it.”