GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Robert Byrd was Brett Favre's father-in-law.
But, Favre says he was as close to him as to his own dad, Irv Favre, who died of a heart attack at 58 in 2003.
Now Favre, his wife Deanna and the rest of the family are mourning Byrd's death at age 56, also from a heart attack.
Byrd was Deanna's stepfather.
He and her mother, Ann, lived in a house on the 465 acres owned by the Favres in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Byrd managed the grounds, bought the supplies and often made breakfast for family members.
Favre tells USA TODAY that Byrd was as close to him as any family member and that he probably spent more time on the phone with him than anyone else.
They spent time working together on the property and taking care of the place.
Favre says he was able to tell Byrd things he wasn't able to tell his own father.
The phone call from Deanna with news of Byrd's death that interrupted a meeting at Lambeau Saturday was all too familiar for Favre.
Besides the death of his father in 2003, Deanna's brother was killed in an all-terrain vehicle in 2004, followed by news a short time later that Deanna had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Then came Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
It destroyed Favre's mother's home.
Favre says the personal tragedies are humbling because sometimes you think the only thing in life is your job, but then you get blindsided and wake up.