GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre has a chronic hip condition
that almost prevented him from being traded to the Green Bay
Packers 13 years ago, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported
Favre and former Packers general manager Ron Wolf said Tuesday
at training camp that the three-time NFL MVP was diagnosed in 1992
with avascular necrosis, a condition that can lead to hip
"It's a lack of blood supply to a socket," Favre told the
newspaper. "To this day, it bothers me from time to time, but
before the draft I did MRIs for Atlanta, I did MRIs for Seattle,
went through all kind of evaluations at the combine. A lot of teams
were apprehensive because of that."
Favre said he hurt his hip in the East-West Shrine game, and the
condition is the same as the one that afflicted former football and
baseball star Bo Jackson.
Favre was drafted by Atlanta and spent his first season as a
backup there before Wolf engineered the trade on Feb. 10, 1992,
that brought him to Green Bay in exchange for a first-round draft
Favre said that when he arrived in Green Bay, the Packers
examined him and predicted he would suffer from avascular necrosis
and would soon feel effects of it. According to Favre, he failed
the physical, but Wolf told the medical staff to pass him.
"The prognosis on avascular necrosis is at some point you're
going to have to have a replacement or it's going to have to be
treated," Favre said. "I don't have as much flexibility in that
socket, but you're kind of rolling the dice. They said I wouldn't
play three or four years. Obviously they were wrong and Ron was
willing to take that risk."
After practice Tuesday, Wolf said that the team doctor at the
time, Clarence Novotny, recommended flunking Favre on his physical.
But he said Novotny was not an orthopedist, so he had surgeon
Patrick McKenzie, now the team doctor, examine Favre. Wolf said
McKenzie told him that in four or five years Favre could have some
problems with his hip, but there was no danger of it deteriorating
"This is the guy I wanted," Wolf said. "They said four or
five years, I didn't care. It turned out there wasn't anything
wrong with him."