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Favre to appear on NFL Network pre-Super Bowl coverage

Jan 30, 2013 -- 1:55pm
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Brett Favre was interviewed by NFL Network's Deion Sanders last year.
GREEN BAY – Well, Green Bay Packers fans, you have a pre-Super Bowl XLVII decision to make: Watch current Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews on CBS’s pregame show, or tune into NFL Network to check out retired quarterback Brett Favre.

The three-time NFL MVP and ex-Packers – and, then, ex-New York Jets and ex-Minnesota Vikings – quarterback will be part of network's pregame coverage of Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

Favre, of course, led the Packers to a 35-21 victory over New England in Super Bowl XXXI at the Superdome in New Orleans, which is a short drive from where he grew up in Kiln, Miss. Favre now lives in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Favre said in an email to The Associated Press that he doesn't miss the "grind and stress of day-to-day football, but I do miss my teammates and coaches." He also said it will "be great to reconnect with NFL fans around the Super Bowl."

The NFL Network crew includes host Rich Eisen, ex-NFL coach Steve Mariucci – Favre’s first quarterbacks coach in Green Bay – and ex-players Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp, Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders. The network’s coverage kicks off at 8 a.m. CST

According to a press release from the league’s broadcast arm, Favre will join the show to “discuss his thoughts on the 2012 NFL season, the Super Bowl XLVII matchup, and his life away from the field.”

Favre has been largely out of the spotlight since retiring from the Vikings following the 2010 season. He and the team he came to epitomize during his 16-year career in Green Bay, remain estranged.

“There aren’t too many retired athletes who continue to attract the attention and draw that Brett Favre does, and NFL Network is thrilled to have him on NFL GameDay Morning leading up to Super Bowl XLVII,” NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger said in a statement. “Surrounded by a former mentor in Steve Mariucci and players he competed against over the years such as Deion Sanders and Warren Sapp, and from the field where he guided the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XXXI, Brett should give our viewers some unique insight and analysis into the game and his life away from the field.”

Matthews will be part of CBS pregame coverage. Last year, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was part of NBC’s pre-game programming.

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