April 11, 2011— -- Jenn Sterger, the former New York Jets game-day hostess at the center of the Brett Favre scandal, says she doesn't see herself as a victim and just wants her life to return to normal.
"It's never been my intention to ever play a victim in this whole thing," Sterger told George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview. "I have known from day one when this was going on in 2008, I'm not the right martyr for this cause."
Sterger was embroiled in a tabloid scandal after racy photos and voicemails allegedly from NFL quarterback Brett Favre surfaced.
"I just want my life back," Sterger said. "That's all I'm asking for. Just to be able to go back to work. To be able to go back to enjoying what I do. Entertaining people. Making people laugh. The hardest part about this whole thing is that I am a ridiculous person. I love to entertain people, and to say crazy things. And I'm pretty unapologetic about it."
She says she can't be the person she is anymore because "I'm still the joke" and that all she ever wanted was to do her job.
"I haven't made a dime off anything in this whole situation. Not from the pictures. Not from Favre. I never wanted to sue anyone. That was never an intention of mine," she said.
"I'm not a gold-digger," she said. "The only way I wanted to make my money this whole time was to just have a job."
Favre has one of the most storied careers in football -- a three-time MVP with more than $7 million in endorsements. In October 2010, the sports blog Deadspin.com posted voicemails and nude pictures Favre allegedly sent to Sterger when he played for the Jets in 2008. Favre has admitted to leaving the voicemails but not to sending inappropriate pictures of himself.
"Wanted to have you come over tonight -- love to see you tonight," one recording said.
And another voicemail:
"I'm still trying, just got done with practice. I'll try the other phone you're probably caller ID'ing me but if you can make it, it would be great."
Jenn Sterger: Brett Favre Scandal 'Embarrassing, Humiliating'
Sterger says she doesn't know how Favre would have gotten her phone number.
"I was approached one day at the beginning of the pre-season games, by a man wearing a Jets badge, employee badge, who asked me, 'How would you feel if Brett Favre asked for your phone number? What would you say?' And I just looked at him, my usual smartass self. And I said, 'I'd say I like my job an awful lot. And I've been told I look remarkably like his wife,'" said Sterger.
She said she walked away without giving the man her number and thought "that was the end of it."
The NF did not conclude that Favre sent the messages, but fined him $50,000 in December 2010, reprimanding him for not being "candid in several respects during the investigation, resulting in a longer review and additional negative public attention," the league said.
In January, Favre officially ended his 20-year NFL career after an injury-prone season with the Minnesota Vikings.
Sterger has stayed out of the spotlight in recent months to rebuild her career, but says the ordeal turned her life "upside down."
"You know, I was trying to go to work. Do my job," she said. "But how are you supposed to report on the news when you are the news? It was tough. It was embarrassing. It was humiliating. All I wanted to do was go to work. Do my job. That's all I wanted."