*NFL FILMS TELLS THE COMPLETE STORY OF A FOOTBALL LEGEND IN "FAVRE 4-EVER"
ONE-HOUR SPECIAL NARRATED BY ACTOR BILLY BOB THORNTON*
**-Premiering Friday, December 24 @ 12:00 p.m. (CT) On FOX
-Re-airs Friday, December 31 @ 8:00 p.m. CT On NFL Network**
From the car accident that nearly killed him in college, to the emotional 24-hours that followed his father's death and all things in between, NFL Films examines the rollercoaster life of a modern NFL legend, Brett Favre in Favre 4-Ever premiering Friday, December 24 at 1:00 PM ET/ 10:00 AM PT on FOX. The special, narrated by Billy Bob Thornton, precedes the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings game (FOX, 2:00 PM ET).
Through the use of never-before seen footage, along with revealing personal insights from Deanna Favre (wife), Bonita Favre (mother), Favre's former coaches Mike Holmgren, Steve Mariucci and Jerry Glanville, teammates Doug Pederson, Ryan Longwell and many more, this one-hour special profiles the life and career of the NFL's iron-man quarterback.
Favre 4-Ever re-airs on NFL Network Friday, December 31 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
Favre on playing after having 30 inches of his intestines removed following a near fatal car accident:
"Everyone is saying 'I don't know if he's gonna play again this year, it doesn't look good.' Dad wasn't one of these guys who would say, 'we'll sit this one out and come back next year.' He just sat in the back of the hospital room and when the doctor leaves he says, 'I don't know, a few days, I think you'll be fine.' I thought the same way."
Favre on learning the quarterback position:
"I was willing to do whatever it took to be a great quarterback, but I didn't know what that was. I worked hard at practice and watched film. When I first started watching film, I was just watching a game. I kept hearing coaches talk about "nickel, nickel." Well I just played along, 'yeah nickel.' Finally one day I pulled Ty (Detmer) aside and said 'what are they talking about when they say nickel?' He said, 'you're joking right?' I said, 'no what is nickel.' He says, 'they pull out a linebacker and put in a defensive back.' I said, 'that's it!' 'Who cares?'
Favre on the decision to play after his father's death:
"There is no doubt he (Favre's father) would have said to me, 'get your ass in there and play. Are you crazy'?"
Favre after his record setting performance against Oakland last season 24 hours after his father's death:
"I believe in God. I was born and raised Catholic, but never really considered myself overly spiritual. If there was ever divine intervention, he was there that night. Under perfect circumstances, I've never been able to do what I did in that game." (Favre threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns in the game.)