In an interview with 790 The Zone in Atlanta, Vikings Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton sounded off his opinion on quarterback Brett Favre and his lack of decision on whether or not he wants to come out of retirement a second time to sign with the Vikings.
Let's just say Tarkenton isn't impressed.
“I think it’s despicable," Tarkenton said. "What he put the Packers through last year was not good. Here’s an organization that was loyal to him for 17, 18 years, provided stability of organization, provided players. It just wasn’t about Brett Favre. In this day and time, we have glorified the Brett Favre’s of the world so much, they think it’s about them.
Tarkenton now lives in the Atlanta area and has had his own situation similar to Favre's. After the 1966 season, he was traded from the Vikings to the New York Giants after struggling to get along with the organization, most notably head coach Norm Van Brocklin. He returned to Minnesota in 1972 via trade and led the Vikings to three Super Bowls that decade, but lost all.
When commenting on Favre's 2008 season with the New York Jets, Tarkenton made sure people knew his feelings on his play.
"He goes to New York and bombs," Tarkenton said. "He’s 39-years-old. How would you like Ray Nitschke in his last year [playing for] the Vikings, or I retire, and go play for the Packers? I kind of hope it happens, so he can fail.”
After the 2007 season, Favre retired from the NFL but later got the urge to come back. Packers general manager Ted Thompson decided that the organization would move forward and trade him to the New York Jets for what turned out to be a third-round pick.
Tarkenton said he agreed with what Thompson did, and that the organization shouldn't make it all about one player.
“He told the Packers [after 2008 that], ‘I’m retiring,’” Tarkenton said. “They’ve got to move on. They’ve got to go through their offseason plan, their workouts; they go with the other quarterback [Aaron Rodgers], who is a good player, and then [Favre] comes back and says, ‘I think I want to play.’ … You build your team in the offseason. Everybody knows that. It’s about team. It’s not about Brett Favre."
The Hall of Fame quarterback has respect for Favre's play, but also said the 39-year-old gunslinger has made some foolish plays over the years.
“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,” Tarkenton said. “Look at his final game in a Packers uniform [the NFC title game in the 2007 season]. He blew that game against the Giants. He’s playing against Eli Manning; I love Eli Manning, but he’s still not a great quarterback. He’s not Peyton yet, or Tom Brady. He’s just a guy. And [the Packers] are playing at home, and they’re in a tight situation, they went to overtime and [Favre] throws the interception that allows [the Giants] to come back and win the game."
I think it is safe to say that Tarkenton has had enough of the Favre fiasco, just like many fans around the nation have.
The Vikings will hold a mandatory mini-camp this Friday and going through Sunday. Earlier in the week, SI.com's Peter King reported that the Vikings wanted a decision from Favre by this weekend.
I smell drama building.