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CBS Sports sat down with Brett Favre for a deep dive into his playing career as well as the current NFL When CBD brand Green Eagle approached Brett Favre to be their official spokesperson, the NFL Hall of Famer was wary. It was only after Green Eagle’s CEO assured Favre that the brand was THC-free, that the NFL Hall of Famer was more receptive. Brett Favre can still recall how it felt when Reggie White sacked him before they were teammates in Green Bay.

Brett Favre talks pain-killer addiction and CBD endorsement, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and more

CBS Sports sat down with Brett Favre for a deep dive into his playing career as well as the current NFL

A decade after he walked away from the game he loved, Brett Favre is still one of the most recognizable faces from the NFL. Favre, who turned 50 last October, is enjoying the retired life on his 465-acre ranch in Sumrall, Mississippi — he stays busy taking care of the ranch, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback still has time for golf once a week.

NFL fans have certainly seen Favre on television since his playing days, usually in the Wrangler jeans commercials or throwing passes to Jerry Rice in Copper Fit ads. Favre has entered a new business venture as an ambassador for Green Eagle, which offers a CBD product line for pain relief. CBD is a naturally occurring substance that’s used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm.

Favre, who once was addicted to pain relief medications during the prime of his career in the mid-1990s, shared his story in an exclusive interview with CBSSports.com. He also discussed his playing career, his life at 50, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Andy Reid.

First off Brett, thanks for taking the time. Could you explain your involvement with Green Eagle?

Favre: “So about six to eight months ago, Joesph (Smadja, the CEO of Green Eagle) reached out to a friend to get to me about his product. Like most people, I hear CBD — it’s like THC, it’s a drug. I listened to what Joseph had to say and they (Green Eagle) were very successful in France and he stated very clearly France is ahead of the United States in the CBD market.

“With that being said, you can’t go anywhere (here) without seeing a CBD store or some product that’s not CBD related — it has taken off. Now, he just wanted me to be a spokesman and endorse a product. I needed to use it first and I was pleasantly surprised. Keep in mind, this is the same as Copper Fit (laughing). People ask me, does that really work? Everything has its limitations and the Green Eagle pain relieving gel — if you got chronic tendonitis in your right elbow that flares up from time to time — it works perfect on that. Charley horse or spasms, it works fine. So I was pleasantly surprised.”

We’ve seen the risk of THC and its effects on the body with pain relievers. You can get mentally unstable with some of this stuff. I guess what you’re taking is the opposite of that?

Favre: Absolutely. It’s 100% drug free. As a matter of fact, I’m still learning. I didn’t realize the body reacts to some of the chemicals in CBD — the healing qualities — I didn’t realize that was the case. I’m not a science guy, that’s not my expertise (laughing), but I can speak volumes on the risk of taking pain medication.

‘Three different times I spent time in drug rehab and had a severe addiction to pain killers and had two seizures, so I’m definitely an advocate for non-addictive pain relievers and this is one of them.

Do you wish you had this (Green Eagle product) back in your playing days? I think it was 1995, 1996 when you had the seizures.

Favre: “So basically the seizures were a result of not sleeping. I was taking 15 Vicodin ES every night. I took them all the time — in season, out of season, it didn’t matter — I was addicted. It kept me up. A normal person takes two Vicodin ES, so they are out like a light and don’t feel anything. Well it did the adverse effect to me, it felt good and I stayed up all night and never slept.

“I probably slept an hour a night and vastly at that. Basically my brain short circuited is how the neurologist explained it to me. I really wish there was a different alternative at the time.”

Was that just something that was prescribed to you at the time?

Favre: “Well, I took two for a while and graduated up to 15. So after a game, if you had something bothering you (taking Vicodin) wasn’t uncommon — it was legal. Whether it was Vicodin or Percocet or whatever. When the two didn’t work, I asked somebody else to get two more. And when four didn’t work, so I was just going to the guys and getting more and more pain pills. The guy that gave me two, he didn’t know I was getting two from the next guy. That’s how it worked back then.”

How did you fight it?

Favre: “I haven’t taken a pain pill since 1997. Anything. In fact, i had my wisdom teeth cut out the year after I quit taking pain meds and the doctor said ‘What kind of pain meds you want?’ and I said ‘I can’t take any.’ He said back, ‘No one has their wisdom teeth cut out without pain medication.’ I said ‘Well, I’m going to be the first one.’ I’m telling you, it was hard.

You were able to play for 13 more years without pain medication. How were you able to handle that?

Favre: “The closest thing I took to a pain medication was Motrin and I just — sucked it up. I knew I couldn’t take them. Believe me it wasn’t easy to get off of and that’s why I spent three different stints in rehab. It was hard, it was very hard, but when I finally got several months behind me without pain meds, it slowly and surely got better. There would be times where I was tempted, but I just never did and now I’m well over it — the need or want to take something.”

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You still continue to live a very active lifestyle since you retired. What do you do to stay in that peak physical shape?

Favre: “I’m more active, but it’s different. I bike probably about 130 miles a week and I’ll probably be doing this again this year, but in the fall I’ll start training for a half marathon. Me, my wife, and my daughter if we decide to do it — that will be our fourth straight year. If you would have told me I was going to run a half marathon when I retired or bike 5,000 miles a year, I would have said you’re crazy. I’m probably more active at 50 then when I played.

“People say to me all the time ‘Hey you look like you can still play.’ It does make me feel good.”

I can’t imagine doing all this at 50!

Favre: “I enjoy it. I get aches and pains, probably like anyone at 50. I can’t complain, because I’m doing basically what I want to do.”

Do you think you could still play football?

Favre: Oh, I could play — but I couldn’t get hit. There’s no way. My body would just give out. As far as throwing, and I tell people this about (Tom) Brady. His game is different than mine. He doesn’t move around and he never was a mobile quarterback, so his game is different. If you can protect him, he can play as long as he wants. My game, I didn’t move around as well as I did (earlier in my career) in the last two or three years.

“I didn’t trust my legs. I bought time throughout my career with my legs. My legs are strong and athletic as ever, but they are 50 years old and I can’t get away from the guys. From that aspect I couldn’t play, but just from a throwing aspect, sure.”

I was impressed when you were balling with the Vikings at 40. When you were getting to that point, what were you telling yourself to prepare for the year? You told me you weren’t scrambling as much at that point.

Favre: I’ll tell you, that was hard. It’s hard to train your mind differently than what it’s used to. Trying to be a pocket passer was very difficult for me to do because I always wanted to — the first sign of a guy that put the least bit of pressure, I wanted to move and escape (from the pocket). I was able to do that a little bit, but the good thing was when I was in Minnesota was Darrell Bevell (then the Vikings offensive coordinator) — who was a good friend, but also a longtime coach of mine — he did a good job of calling plays that sort of, kept me within my wheelhouse.

“We called some bootlegs, but we weren’t doing sprint-outs each week. So it was selective play calling that let me stay in my comfort zone. It’s hard to tell yourself to stay in the pocket when you are so used to making so many plays outside of the pocket.”

Do you still keep in touch with (Eagles head coach) Doug Pederson? I know you guys are really close.

Favre: “His wife, Jeannie, just was talking to my wife yesterday. In fact, I think they found a place down in Jupiter, Florida — a getaway place. We stay in contact often. He’s one of my all-time great friends.”

That friendship just carried over to your post-playing career, which led to you speaking to the Eagles prior to Super Bowl LII. Can you reiterate what you said to them?

Favre: “I was honored when he asked, just like when (Kansas City Chiefs head coach) Andy Reid asked me this past year. By the way, I’m 2-for-2 (in Super Bowl speeches). I’m going to have to start charging next time (laughing)!

“Basically what I told both groups is to enjoy the moment and really try to give them a fast track on what to expect. Spend the time leading up to the game and vision making plays and seeing yourself making a perfect pass and seeing yourself at the end of the game with the confetti coming down, because it can be overwhelming, as you can imagine.

“It’s overwhelming to the viewer, how big of a spectacle it has become. You can’t get caught up in that and you have to focus on your job. The best way to do that is when you’re in your room and you’re by yourself is to walk through the plays. You know, walk through a speciality play you just put in that week and envision how it plays out versus that defense. Walking up to the line and looking across and seeing that middle linebacker stare at you. What happens if he moves over here, does that tell you — you know, play the game in your mind so when you get out there it’s not overwhelming to you.”

Watching Super Bowl XXXI a couple times over the years, I felt what took the pressure off you guys was when you threw that bomb to Andre Rison to give Green Bay the first score of the game. Was that the moment the game slowed down for you?

Favre: “In 20 years (of playing football), that was the play that I would go to (as what) was my greatest play. That audible that I checked to — Bill Belichick was the defensive coordinator (of the New England Patriots) and Bill Parcells was the head coach — and they had never when we watched two weeks of film showed an all-out blitz. That’s not Belichick’s M.O. He’s always going to leave someone back there.

“Watching Super Bowl highlights all week, you can’t help but watch them, I saw Joe Montana check 59 Razor in the Superdome (where Super Bowl XXXI was played) against Denver and hitting Jerry Rice on a big post for a touchdown (San Francisco’s 55-10 win in Super Bowl XXIV). I thought to myself, ‘Man that would be awesome (if I did that).’

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“Then I quickly reminded myself that would never happen because first of all we would never check to that play ever. We would practice it, but never checked to it in my history with Green Bay leading up to that. New England never showed that, so lo and behold they showed what I thought was an all-out blitz and I had to make a decision like right now. Do I check to this play?

“Making the throw that I made, it couldn’t have been any better of a throw. A lot of things could have gone wrong, but they all went right. That’s why I took my helmet off and started running around (after the touchdown). I was thinking “Can you believe that actually happened!’ That’s what I was so excited about.”

I remember you running to the sideline and it was you, Jim McMahon and Doug (Pederson) celebrating. Man, what a quarterback room that must have been!

Favre: “Oh that was awesome and Andy (Reid) was our coach. He put all of us together. We really had some great times together.”

You can relate to Tom Brady a lot here. You spent 15 years with the Packers, then you go and join another team in the Jets and eventually the Vikings at the end of your career. Brady is going through the same thing with Tampa. What advice would you give to him?

Favre: “It’s so different with COVID-19 since you couldn’t spend any time at the facility, which is very difficult because you want to familiarize yourself with everything quickly. You don’t want to show up to a game week and play. There’s a huge amount of chemistry that’s involved in being successful, we all know that. From a quarterback standpoint, it’s paramount that you get some chemistry with the guys. That’s out the water. Giving him advice that way would be a waste of words.

“What I told Tom, and I talked to him at the Super Bowl (this past year) when they did the 100 greatest players before the game: Enjoy yourself man, you have zero to prove to anyone. That being said, he’s the ultimate competitor. He going to show he can do it no matter where he plays. He will not go into the season ill-prepared, I can assure you that.

“The question is, will everyone rise up to his level? And that’s what everyone assumes, that he will elevate the rest of that team to his level. I tend to agree with that assumption.”

Have you spoken to Aaron Rodgers since the Jordan Love pick? You kind of went through this ordeal yourself in Green Bay.

Favre: “I think initially he was a little upset not that they drafted a quarterback, but they didn’t draft an immediate need — and he has a legitimate beef there. When we drafted Aaron we were going off of a bad year and we needed a lot. They didn’t trade up to get Aaron.

“The difference this year was they were coming off almost a Super Bowl appearance and needed a receiver opposite Davante Adams. Certainly an offensive weapon that can help right now, but yet they not only chose a quarterback but traded up for one. And Jordan Love may be a great player. He absolutely didn’t do anything wrong. I was just surprised the Packers didn’t go with an immediate need.

“They certainly have their reasons, but I think initially Aaron was just a little bewildered that they would to that. I mean, he’s got nothing to fear. He’ll play as long as he wants to play and he’s got nothing to worry about. He’s going to go down as one of the greatest players in history, so he certainly is not threatened by someone else taking his job.”

How did you feel when Andy Reid finally got that Super Bowl?

Favre: “I was so happy for him. We stayed and watched the game and Deanna, my wife, said to me we needed to go down and see him afterwards. I wanted to give him a big hug and just to see his face and his reaction told you how much he wanted that and how much he appreciated it.

“Andy is one of the all-time great guys in this league and was so deserving of that win. He’s one of my all-time favorites. He was so awesome to play for. You can’t help but love him.”

CBD Brand Green Eagle Finds A Champion In Retired NFL Great Brett Favre

When CBD brand Green Eagle approached Brett Favre to be their spokesperson, the NFL Hall of Famer was wary. Even though he did not know anything about CBD, the former Green Bay Packers’ quarterback’s initial thoughts were of THC and marijuana. Having spent three times in rehab during his storied career due to a dependency on pain killers, Favre told Green Eagle CEO Joseph Smadja that he could not be associated with this. It was only after he was reassured that Green Eagle products were THC-free, Favre was more receptive. After trying the products and feeling that it worked, the Mississippi native was firmly on board.

Green Eagle’s appointment of Favre as its official brand ambassador is the linchpin of a concerted effort to break into the cluttered U.S. market. Although the company has a sister European CBD company Greeneo, Green Eagle needed an edge to set it apart from its competitors: Enter an ex-star athlete like Favre as the public face of its U.S. launch.

“We couldn’t think of anyone better to work with to mirror the ethos and mission of Green Eagle than Brett Favre, a tough guy who represents passion, endurance and perseverance,” said Smadja in a press release announcing Green Eagle’s launch and Favre’s appointment.

Favre, who also played for Atlanta Falcons, the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings before retiring in 2010, is well aware that his celebrity gives Green Eagle the exposure needed to help it generate awareness for prospective consumers. But he staunchly maintains that there is synergy between his serving as official brand ambassador of Green Eagle and his public persona.

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“People know my story,” he said. “I think this is a perfect fit for me and it works. But people have to try it for themselves. Don’t take my word for it.”

Yet he was quick to note the problematic and polarizing aspects of fame. “There’s some people that like me and will always like me and there are others who don’t like me and never will,” he admitted. “I’m hoping to appeal to the audience that relates to me. For general aches and pains and tendonitis, this is certainly a product that anyone can use.”

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Headquartered in Eatontown, New Jersey, Green Eagle’s products, which are infused with hemp-derived CBD and certified by third-party testing, are available in various forms that include creams, roll-ons, sprays, liquid capsules and salve sticks. Also, according to Green Eagle, the brand “transforms nutrients into nanoparticles in order to allow the body to absorb the natural ingredients faster and more efficiently.” The target demographic “would be someone looking for a natural solution to manage aches and pains or support faster muscle recovery.”

When asked if he’s received any feedback from fans and/or former teammates regarding his endorsement of CBD, Favre said he has not. But he conceded that during the extensive press interviews he’s given promoting Green Eagle, “I’ve not followed up with any reaction with anyone and I probably won’t. It’s like my dad said a long time ago when I was playing football, [if] you are willing to read the good clips you [should be] willing to look at the bad. I say what I say and ignore the rest. I hope it’s a good reaction. I believe in the product. I’m a valid person to endorse this product and I think people should give it a try if they have something that ails them and so be it and that’s as far as I go.”

Brett Favre believes in CBD’s future in NFL, partners with Green Eagle

Brett Favre can still recall how it felt when Reggie White sacked him before they were teammates in Green Bay.

“Reggie sacked me, and I knew I separated my shoulder,” Favre told Sporting News.

The former Packers quarterback can also still recall the multiple injections that followed at hafltime and after that game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Milwaukee County Stadium on Nov. 15, 1992. That was just the seventh of Favre’s 297 consecutive starts during a 20-year Hall of Fame career. Now, the NFL’s ultimate Ironman is wondering whether a product pushing into more NFL conversations would have helped throughout his prime.

“When the injection wore off I was in tremendous pain,” Favre said. “Would the CBD products have helped? I don’t know how much, but it could have given the circumstances. You take what’s available at the time.”

CBD — or cannabidiol — is one of the ingredients in marijuana, and CBD products are being sold as an alternative to pain medications. On Wednesday, Favre announced a partnership with Green Eagle, a company that produces CBD products ranging from cream and roll-ons to sprays and liquid capsules. The products are 100 percent THC free. That is the other main ingredient in marijuana.

Favre, 50, is one of the former NFL players now endorsing CBD products as an alternative source of pain relief — and that has been a learning process for the Hall of Fame quarterback. For as many endorsements as Favre has done in the past, this one was unexpected.

“Not that my opinion is mainstream in America, but if you’re like me you can’t help but go somewhere here or there and see something CBD-related,” Favre said. “My thought had been, ‘That’s probably a bunch of pot smokers.’ That’s not the case.”

Favre learned more about CBD in talking with Green Eagle CEO Joseph Smadja, and he used the products to prepare for a half-marathon with his wife and daughter last December. He was surprised by the results.

“It’s way ahead of the market here,” Favre said. “It’s mainstream in various facets. That helped with the credibility. There is zero THC, which is the drug people put in brownies or whatever. Me being an advocate of a non-addictive pain reliever — it’s what I thought was a good fit.

“At some point it will be readily available in mainstream sports,” Favre said. “How soon? It’s hard to say.”

Favre isn’t the first NFL player to enter the CBD space. Tampa Bay tight end Rob Gronkowski endorsed CBD products during his brief retirement. The NFL also relaxed some of its marijuana-related policies as part of the latest collective bargaining agreement. That could pave the way for CBD products in the future.

Favre, who dealt with painkiller and alcohol additions throughout his career, believes CBD will be a safer alternative that grows in popularity over the next several years.

“I’ve never smoked marijuana,” Favre said. “It’s not my thing. I was addicted to pain pills, which was bad enough, and I certainly think this is a welcome relief and alternative to pain pills.”

Green Eagle emerged in 2020 as one of those companies joining the CBD marketplace. For Favre, the benefits of the substance have helped him in his post-retirement career. He believes active players can enjoy the same benefits.

“The NFL and sports in general should look into it for general stuff,” he said. “If you tear an ACL, go to a doctor and get it fixed. For aches and pains, tendinitis, things like that? Absolutely, it works. It’s good. It benefits all.”

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