Brett Favre’s Wife Supported Him during His Darkest Hours
Brett Favre is one of the NFL’s most successful stars. Throughout his career, he won the Super Bowl once and won the Associated Press NFL MVP award three consecutive times.
But his professional career isn’t the only thing he has found success in. Favre has a happy family of four, comprising his wife Deanna and his two daughters.
However, much of his professional success, as well as his current family, wouldn’t have been possible without his wife’s support.
Because of his superstardom, Favre had lost sight of what was important to him and was heading down the wrong road. It was Deanna who helped him get back on the right track.
Brett Favre and Wife
Favre and Deanna first met during a catechism class when she was seven and he was six.
Growing up, they became high-school sweethearts. According to Milwaukee Magazine, the pair started dating after playing a game of H-O-R-S-E when Deanna and Favre found themselves shooting hoops after his brother’s surprise birthday party.
Favre was 14 at the time, and Deanna was 15. After four years together, Deanna became pregnant with their first child, daughter Brittany Nicole, who was born on February 6, 1989.
They tied the knot on July 14, 1996. Three years later, their family of three grew larger when Deanna gave birth to their daughter, Breleigh.
Brett Favre with his daughters (Source: Instagram)
Deanna Helped Favre Overcome His Addiction
Favre started attracting a lot of attention because of his athleticism when he began playing for The University of Southern Mississippi.
He was already a well-known name in the sport, and his fame increased even further after he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1991 NFL Draft.
However, with fame came a huge amount of pressure, and he soon found himself addicted to painkillers. On top of his addiction, many rumors about him seeing other women were floating around.
Because of the reasons mentioned above, their relationship grew rocky. Things between Favre and Deanna worsened when he started ignoring her and their daughter Brittany after they moved to Green Bay full time to be with him.
Brett Favre with wife and daughters (Source: Instagram)
Deanna eventually confronted him about his Vicodin abuse, but things didn’t work out. She tried alerting others in the Packers organization, but she was dismissed as a jealous girlfriend.
In her autobiography titled Don’t Bet Against Me! Deanna recounted another incident that almost ended their relationship.
“One night, I walked into the room and heard Brett talking on the phone to a woman I had discovered he’d been calling,” she wrote.
“‘That’s it,’ I told him. ‘I don’t deserve to be treated like this. You asked me to move up here to Green Bay and now you’re calling these girls–well, now you’re on your own. I’m not living this way. All this stuff is over for me.’”
However, she was convinced by Steve Mariucci’s wife, Gayle Mariucci, to stay as she believed Favre would end up killing himself by abusing Vicodin.
She stuck with him, and he went public with his Vicodin addiction in May 1996. Shortly after he came out of his 46-day rehabilitation, he asked her to marry him, and she agreed.