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Brett Favre Didn’t Know What a Nickel Defense Was

Brett Favre

Most people, even those who don’t have expansive football knowledge, have an idea what a nickel defense is. Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre was not one of those people.

Favre was the keynote speaker at the LSU coaches clinic on Friday and told the story of how he learned what a nickel defense was. This was during his second season as a starter with the Packers, mind you. That means Favre was in the NFL for three seasons before he understood what the nickel (or dime) defense was.

Such things are trivial if you’re the gunslinger, though. Let’s be honest. It didn’t matter who was on the field. Favre had a cannon arm and he was going to force the throw in regardless (except when he couldn’t, but that wouldn’t stop him from trying).

Here’s Favre telling the story of how he had to ask Ty Detmer to explain what nickel meant.

Classic Brett.

Joseph Bonham

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  1. MMK April 2, 2016

    Fucking real life Ricky Bobby.

    1. Phatgzus April 2, 2016


  2. Kato April 3, 2016

    Haha wow.

  3. MyJunkSwings April 3, 2016

    “That’s it?”
    “That’s it.”
    I said, “Who gives a shit?”

    That sums up Farve to me.

    1. The Money Mike April 5, 2016

      Here lies Brett Favre, Quarterback


      “Who gives a shit”

  4. icebowl April 4, 2016

    Shake and bake….

  5. Deepsky April 4, 2016

    Some buddies of mine hunted with Detmer. They say Detmer had some good stories about how stupid Favre was. But that was early on. I think he eventually got serious about football when he went to the Vikings to stick to the Packers.

    1. Phatgzus April 4, 2016

      He got serious a long time before that-the first TD of the Super Bowl was the result of an audible he called after doing some extra game study in his hotel.

      1. PF4L April 5, 2016

        He got serious when Rodgers was drafted, in his own words.