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Report: Brett Favre Used Green Bay Packers' Phone to Call Minnesota Vikings' Coaches

Jul 22, 2008 – 4:41 PM
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Michael David Smith

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Last week the Packers charged the Vikings with tampering, alleging that the Vikings violated league rules by talking to Brett Favre about a potential comeback in Minnesota.

That raised an obvious question: How would the Packers know that Favre and the Vikings had talked?

The answer appears to be that Favre called the Vikings' coaches on a Packer-issued cell phone that he continued to use even after he retired.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote last week that a team-issued cell phone provided the Packers' evidence of Favre's calls, and today Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune passes along a report that first appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
when the team checked the phone records it found "repeated calls to coach Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell."

The possibility of Favre having used a phone issued by the Packers had been speculated on last week after the Associated Press reported that Green Bay informed the NFL it felt "an investigation of the phone records would show more than 'normal contact' between the Vikings and Favre, even before he formally asked for his release to play for another team."

I've always thought of Favre as one of the NFL's more intelligent players. If he really used a Packers phone to inquire about playing for the Vikings, I may need to reconsider that assessment.

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