Brett Favre and Ron Wolf are thanking each other for their places in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In a conference call Tuesday morning to discuss his impending Hall of Fame induction, Favre said he and Wolf still talk about the risk Wolf took in trading a first-round pick for him. More notably, Wolf approved the trade even though one of the Packers’ doctors at the time flunked Favre on his physical because he had the degenerative condition avascular necrosis in his hip.
Favre rewarded Wolf with a brilliant career that was the strongest argument behind Wolf being voted into the Hall last year.
Favre said he injured the hip in the East-West Shrine Game after his senior season in college.
“I had that diagnosis, so teams were turned away — Seattle being one of them,” Favre said. “Atlanta, I did MRIs, I did X-rays for numerous teams. Some said, no, we’re just not going to take that chance. Other said we will take that chance, and Atlanta was one of them. Of course, I was traded then to Green Bay and was re-evaluated that year. I more or less flunked it, if you will, and Ron overruled that. He said, and I’m not quoting him on this, but more or less, I’ll take whatever good years that he can possibly give us. The doctors said he could play five or seven — then again, he may not. And that’s not taking into account how you play on the field.
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“The debt of gratitude, with or without that scenario, is forever payable. I’ve told Ron that over and over again. In fact, had a conversation with him last night. We’re both always so thankful to each other. You’d think we’d get over that at some point. It’s really a wonderful story. In his case, sticking your neck out there at a time when you just got a new job at a historic and traditional franchise like the Packers, boy, what a gamble. I’m forever thankful for that and I know he has said over and over to me how thankful he is that it worked out, obviously.”
Here are a couple of other highlights from Favre’s 17½-minute teleconference:
- Favre was an all-time locker-room prankster, but he said he wasn’t one to extensively plan his pranks.
“I always tried to do my best to keep it as light-hearted as possible,” he said. “I don’t know if there was one (memorable prank) in particular. There’s a couple things we did. When it got extremely cold and guys had to park outside in the outside parking lot. Now it’s changed. Nowadays, I think they have an indoor parking lot. Maybe not (they don’t). We would go unlock their cars because it was gated. We’d go out and get into someone’s car and we would move it to the far end of the parking lot and leave it running with the air conditioning on. So when we got out, we would take like a cup of water and we’d throw it on the door and it couldn’t open. When they finally were able to get in, it would be — as you could imagine — it’s 30 degrees, 0 degrees, whatever outside and it was even cooler inside. That was a cruel prank, though, in Green Bay.
- A Hall of Fame moderator prevented Favre from revealing his presenter when asked — the Hall plans to announce the presenters in the next week or so. But Favre said his father, Irvin, would have been if he were still alive.
“He definitely would have been doing it,” Favre said. “And I’ll talk about that during the induction.”
- Favre isn’t sure when the possibility of becoming a Hall of Famer first came to his mind.
“I was a daydreamer, I was a devoted hard worker to my dreams,” he said. “I was determined that I was going to be Roger Staubach someday and I was going to play for the Dallas Cowboys and nothing was going to stop me. And I say that because I never, never dreamed of Pro Bowls, MVPs, quite frankly games, how many I would play. In other words statistical stuff and the Hall of Fame. I never dreamed of that. I just dreamed to play.
“So I can sit here and honestly say that every dream I had as a child, day dream, night dream, it didn’t matter, came true. And for that, I’m forever thankful. I mean, Wow! Who can say that? When the Hall of Fame became on my radar, I don’t know. I would say someone had to mention it.”