Brett Favre in 2006. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Brett Favre joins NFL Network's team for Super Bowl

This montage of photographs were taken in the years leading up the Brett Favre’s “retirement” as a Green Bay Packer. The montage was published by The Lakeland Times.
Raymond T. Rivard photographs

In Wisconsin, he’s either revered or reviled – that would be Brett Favre, the one who for many shall not be named, for some has been called Brent, and for so many others has been placed on the pantheon of the best players ever to wear the Green and Gold of the Green Bay Packers.

He’s back in the news – this time in a report today that confirmed Favre has been named as part of the team that will cover Super Bowl XLVII for the NFL Network.

As part of the group of ex-players and regular members of the network, Favre will spend the entire day working with Rich Eisen, Marshall Falk, Kurt Warner, and Deion Sanders, among others. The release announcing Favre’s role with the network’s Super Bowl coverage did not mention Steve Mariucci, the coach-turned-NFL Network announcer, who is one of Favre’s closest confidantes. It is expected that Favre will indeed have the opportunity to spend time with his favorite coach and good friend.

Favre, who spent the past football season as an offensive coordinator for a high school team, has also spent some time as a color man for various college football games, but this will be his first venture into the realm of the game he dominated for so many years as a player.

In an Associated Press report issued earlier today, Favre was quoted as saying that he doesn’t miss the “grind and stress of day-to-day football, but I do miss my teammates and coaches.”

This will be a different kind of grind for Favre who might be completing an audition of sorts for the broadcasting field. Many have said he might be good behind the mike, so this will be a good chance for him to prove what he can do.

And it will be interesting for us folks to see Favre back in the limelight. Aside from some truck and blue jeans commercials, Favre has been rather silent. It will be very interesting to get his impressions and take on the NFL game of 2012 and how he sees it evolving since he left the locker room.

With his work at the Super Bowl, Favre returns to the site where he led the Green Bay Packers to his only Super Bowl win when they defeated the New England Patriots, 35-21.

In another statement, Favre said that he will be happy to “reconnect with NFL fans around the Super Bowl.”

We look forward to it, too.

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