Brett Favre is the pitchman for a new pain cream. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Brett Favre is pitchman for unapproved pain cream

Brett Favre knows a thing or two about pain. He spent 20 years being hit by NFL defenders, he’s played through horrendous injuries for which many others would be down weeks.

While his pain level during the first part of his career was tempered through his addiction to Vicodin, he was able to kick that need and move on in his career.

All one has to do is watch that final NFC Championship Game Favre quarterbacked for the Minnesota Vikings and look at the post-game pictures of his injured ankle to get a feeling of what he went through as a player. One can only speculate on what he is feeling these days in retirement.

That’s one of the reasons he’s now trumpeting Rx Pro, a pain cream that he’s sold on and has even committed funds in the form of an investment.

Many are calling Favre the “snake oil” salesman these days for his role in pitching the product, but according to an article by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Don Walker, it’s Favre’s usage of the cream that has him convinced it works.

Walker quoted Favre from a recent radio interview: “I can speak volumes on pain and narcotics use,” Favre told SiriusXM hosts Jim Miller and Bruce Murray, noting that he was once addicted to painkillers. Rx Pro, he said, “is a safe way to treat some of your ailments. It even works with cramps, stomach pain … It’s just endless what will happen with this product and this company.”

While the product is set to launch soon, the FDA says it has not approved it and the makers have not released its ingredients. The product will be available only by prescription.

Whether Favre has become the 21st century equivalent of the snake oil salesman or not, one must agree that the former Packer probably knows a bit about pain and if it works for him, then most likely there’s something in it that works.

The jury is still out, of course, on its FDA approval and it overall safety.

But hey! Brett Favre thinks it’s great, so it must be … right?

Stay tuned …

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