GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Brett Favre rejoined the Green Bay Packers with a heavy heart and a desire to resume preparations for the upcoming season.
The Green Bay quarterback was excused from Packers practices earlier in the week to return home to Mississippi for the funeral services of his wife's stepfather, Rocky Byrd, who died Saturday after suffering a heart attack.
He said yesterday that if he wasn't playing right now dealing with the death would be more difficult.
Favre has endured a lot of personal sadness the last few years.
His father, Irv, died of a heart attack a day before the Packers played at Oakland in December 2003.
The brother of his wife Deanna died from injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident on family property in Mississippi in October 2004.
A week later, Deanna was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Brett Favre's childhood home in Kiln, Mississippi, where his mother still lived, was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.