Brett Favre is a shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame after setting numerous NFL passing records during his 18-year career. But one quarterback already enshrined in Canton doesn’t believe Favre is acting like a Hall of Famer in his reported dalliance with the Vikings.
Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton, who took the Vikings to three Super Bowls in the 1970s, appeared on 790 the Zone in Atlanta and didn’t hide his feelings about Favre possibly unretiring again and playing in Minnesota:
“I think it’s despicable. 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 also took aim at Giants QB Eli Manning while ripping Favre.
“I think he (Favre) 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 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) are 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.”