Vikings Great Chuck Foreman Disagrees with Tarkenton, Backs Favre

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

Former Vikings running back Chuck Foreman and quarterback Fran Tarkenton have always been seen as legends in the eyes of Minnesota fans.

However, when it comes to the Brett Favre situation, the two seem to disagree.

Yesterday on 790 The Zone in Atlanta, Tarkenton went on the air to talk about Favre, the retired quarterback who can't seem to make up his mind about coming out of retirement for a second straight season.

“I think it’s despicable. What he put the Packers through last year was not good,” Tarkenton said. “Here’s an organization that was loyal to him for [16 years], provided stability, provided players. It just wasn’t about Brett Favre.

"In this day and time, we have glorified the Brett Favres of the world so much, they think it’s about them. He goes to New York and bombs. 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.”

Foreman, on the other hand, loves the player Favre is and thinks age shouldn't make a difference if he can produce.

“Number one, I’m a big Brett Favre fan," Foreman said. "Number two, the New York Jets, where he went to play [in 2008], were a mediocre team or less when he got there and he took them to an above-average team. He didn’t have the talent surrounding him, he had the injury.

"At 39, Brett Favre is better than 80 percent of the quarterbacks in the NFL anyway. I don’t think age should be a factor and if the man wants to play, he should be able to play."

Some people have called Favre a selfish player over the past two seasons for his inability to decide and putting teams between a rock and a hard place. Foreman thinks the same could be said about most players in the NFL.

“Loyalty in this game is not what it used to be," Foreman said. "If you’re not playing well, they drop you like a hot iron. Brett Favre should play and I hope he’s playing with the Vikings.

"But as far as being selfish goes, I think some people need to look in the mirror. In this game, there’s some selfishness in all of us. So to say that Brett is selfish or that the Packers gave him…he gave the Packers just as much as they gave him."

When asked if he felt Tarkenton should look in the mirror, Foreman responded, “I’m talking about everybody that played the game had some selfishness in them. That’s just the way it is. You want to play well for the team but you want your own individual goals, too. And at times there’s some selfishness in this game.”

It has been reported that the Vikings organization would like a decision from Favre on his future by this weekend. The team opens a mandatory mini-camp that runs from Friday through Sunday. Keep the NFL Network or the Internet close to you at all times.