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19 Aug 2009

Fran Tarkenton Talks About Brett Favre

"I really have no interest in what Brett Favre does. He kind of lost me a few years ago by retiring and un-retiring and here and there."

"I asked a few friends here, maybe 10 or 12 people we were out with last night. I said, 'What do you think about Brett Favre going back to the Vikings?' You know who cared? Nobody."

"I think he has been a great flamboyant quarterback, but he has made more stupid plays than any great quarterback that I've ever seen. Look at his final game in a Packers uniform. He blew that game [NFC championship] against the Giants."

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 19 Aug 2009

12 comments, Last at 20 Aug 2009, 10:17pm by Will Allen


by Temo :: Wed, 08/19/2009 - 2:59pm

So I take it he's not a fan.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Wed, 08/19/2009 - 3:36pm

This is a non-story about a non-non-non-non-story. Tarkenton may well be the best quarterback ever, but if I surveyed 10 or 12 people about Tarkenton's opinion about Favre signing with the Vikings, I doubt anyone would care.

by Chris Farmer (not verified) :: Wed, 08/19/2009 - 4:00pm

I love Tarkenton's take

by Noah Arkadia :: Wed, 08/19/2009 - 5:51pm

Yeah, almost everyone else in the media feels obliged to say something nice, or at least be politically correct.

by doubleipa (not verified) :: Thu, 08/20/2009 - 5:09am

Aside from NFL Network and some babble I heard on local talk radio (Los Angeles), I have heard absolutely nothing nice from the media about this.

Even FO message board's beloved Peter King turned in some pretty dour words on the subject.

by Nick Wells (not verified) :: Wed, 08/19/2009 - 11:45pm

I think it says something that the greatest player in Vikings franchise history (and a better QB than Favre ever was) made these comments. They kind of reflect the way every football fan who doesn't work for ESPN has come to feel about Favre. As a Packer fan, I think Favre's signing with Minnesota is kind of fitting. I can't think of two people who deserve each other more than Favre and Childress (or Chili, as the Bretster calls him). You could spike their Gatorade with sodium pentothal and neither one of them would be physiologically capable of telling the truth.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Thu, 08/20/2009 - 11:49am

Oh, good grief, will the moralistic gasbaggery of certain segments of the anti-Favre contingent ever cease? He's just a freakin' football player who has retired and unretired a few times. Big deal. The first time he unretired, the Packers decided they would be better off with somebody else, so they traded him. Big deal.
Now, a team has concluded that he is better than the guys they have on their roster, and that they can, via increased ticket and merchandise sales, earn the 12 million they are paying him for five months work, and Favre has decided to play again, on a team with good talent in the division of his former team. Big deal.

If Tarkenton really thinks this is cause for disgust in the thing called life, 'ol Tark has become demented, or never had any appreciation for what life is anyhow. Here's a clue: whether a guy throws intercpetions wearing a green shirt or a purple shirt is not a matter for any real concern.

by tuluse :: Thu, 08/20/2009 - 11:53am

I think playing for a divisional rival, and at least once making seem like he is doing so out of spite, leads to at least a few ruffled feathers.

by doubleipa (not verified) :: Thu, 08/20/2009 - 6:33pm

Well put.

Funny that those who claim to have no interest or who wish he would go away generate the most columns and posts and words in general on the subject.

Fran has certainly had a lot to say for someone with no interest in the situation.

by b-rick (not verified) :: Thu, 08/20/2009 - 1:20am

I have always thought that Favre was never the same after the SuperBowl loss to Denver. Prior to SB32 he was a 28 year old three time mvp, and on his way to be considered the best ever. I don't know if it was the SB loss (and his turnovers that led to it) or Holmgren leaving Green Bay, but Favre was never the same (@ least when it counted) after that game.

Minnesota needs a game manager with some accuracy who doesn't make turnovers. I know Favre is better than who they had, but does he fit that bill?

by Nick Wells (not verified) :: Thu, 08/20/2009 - 9:40pm

I hope this isn't "moral gasbaggery," but I have no problem with Brett Favre playing this year, even with the Vikings, since they're willing to prostrate themselves to acquire his questionable 40-year-old skills. My problem is with the relentless drama, dissembling, manipulation, and need for public adoration. If you want to play, just shut up and play.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Thu, 08/20/2009 - 10:17pm

Hey, I've been mocking the attention paid to his manipulations myself for some time, but in the end, who cares? As you note, he is just a football player, and there's a reason God gave us the remote control. I just don't get the outrage over nothing.