Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Favre's Big Moment Eases Pain of Trouble-Filled Year

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Favre's Big Moment Eases Pain of Trouble-Filled Year

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About four hours before the start of Super Bowl XXXI, Brett Favre got some words of advice from his father, Irvin.

"He knew I'd been through a bunch this year," Favre said. "He said, `You can make it all right by winning this ballgame.' "

Favre made it all right, throwing for 246 yards and two touchdowns in Green Bay's 35-21 victory over New England on Sunday at the Superdome. Favre threw no interceptions and added a 2-yard TD run. He's been a two-time MVP, and now he's won a Super Bowl. Can there be any doubt that he's an elite quarterback - maybe the best in the game today? "I don't know what else I've got to do, to be honest with you," Favre said. "Maybe I've got to go out and win the Pro Bowl. I've done everything that I possibly can." Favre, by the way, was scheduled to leave this morning for Honolulu and the Pro Bowl. Winning Sunday, he said, "means everything. I've been through a lot of tough times this year. It definitely makes this year a lot better." Favre spent 46 days in a substance abuse center last summer because of an addiction to a painkiller. He has seen a brother charged with vehicular homicide, and had a sister placed on probation because she was a passenger in a drive-by shooting. But on Sunday, none of that mattered. He was Brett Favre, Super Bowl champion. "Now, I'm greedy," he said. "I want to win a few more." Local Line: The pride of Alton, Green Bay punter Craig Hentrich, was right on the money with his kicks Sunday night. Hentrich, a third-year player from Notre Dame and Alton's Marquette High, averaged 42.7 yards on seven punts. He dropped one inside the 20, and another right on the 20. His hang time and the Packers' coverage were good enough that New England return man Dave Meggett managed a modest 30 yards in punt returns. Hentrich also kicked off seven times, and again kept Meggett and the Patriots in check. …

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