Todays installment of Favre Watch 2009 comes from Rick Alonzo @ Twincities.com Enjoy!
Legendary Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton doesn't want Brett Favre to play for Minnesota, and he blasted the quarterback's play and attitude during a lengthy radio interview Tuesday.
"I think it's despicable," Tarkenton told 790 The Zone in Atlanta, according to sportsradiointerviews.com. "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 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."
Tarkenton ripped Favre for how he handled coming out of retirement for the first time last summer while he was with the Green Bay Packers. Favre retired and then changed his mind as the season approached. Tarkenton said Favre put himself above the team.
"He told the Packers, 'I'm retiring,' and they've got to move on," Tarkenton said. "... It's about team; it's not about Brett Favre. So he goes and runs up to the Jets, and he doesn't even dress in the locker room with the players, has a separate facility. Playing quarterback is about the relationships you have with your coaches, with your players, with you trainers, with your managers. How can you do that if you show up on game day and haven't put the time in? And now, he's trying to do it again in Minnesota. If Minnesota bites, God bless them."
Tarkenton said the Packers did everything they could to accommodate Favre last summer, and he criticized Favre for not being heavily involved in offseason workouts. Tarkenton also blasted Favre's play on the field.
"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. 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 (Manning) yet, or Tom Brady. He's just a guy. And they're (Packers) playing at home, and they're in a tight situation, they went to overtime and he (Favre) throws the interception that allows them (the Giants) to come back and win the game. ... He has done that and driven his coaches crazy all of his career."
Tarkenton said Favre treated Green Bay horribly last year and "now he wants to get revenge. Isn't that fun?"