Fran Tarkenton Blasts Brett Favre


Vikings legend Fran Tarkenton made an appearance on Atlanta’s Zone 790 “Mayhem in the AM” program, and naturally, the media being the media, the conversation turned to Brett Favre (I wanted to embed their player but the idiots don’t give you the option to turn off autoplay).  Needless to say, Fran had some pointed things to say about the potential future Vikings quarterback.  Some of Fran’s strongest comments were about Favre’s handling of his departure from Green Bay:

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 Favre’s 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.

Fran also ripped Favre for his poor performance in the NFC title game against the Giants two years ago:

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 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 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.

Fran also says in the interview, though the idiot hosts wouldn’t shut up long enough for him to elaborate on the point, that he’s “not sure” Favre would be better than the quarterbacks the Vikings already have.  He also says that, though he has a relationship with the Wilfs, they have not asked him for advice on Favre or anything else, including how to attain “personal power.”

Not a surprise that an old-school guy like Tarkenton would frown upon Favre’s diva behavior.  I have to believe most of those grizzled old guys look at Favre and wonder why someone doesn’t sock him right in the jaw.  They’d do it themselves if their arthritis would allow it.

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  • Mike

    Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black.  Fran left the Vikings for NY and bombed.  He also made a career of throwing more interceptions per TD than Favre.  Thanks for the memories of 3 super bowl losses Fran.   Fran’s “not sure” Favre would be better than the quarterbacks the Vikings already have?  Has he read the comments by Pat Williams?  He sounds disgruntled and jealous of the attention toward Favre – he probably wants to hold on to his career Vikings passing records.  Moreover, he doesn’t know what went on between TT and Favre.  Talk about hurting what little legacy he has left.  Eli is just a guy?   Plenty of crap to go around.

  • Mike

    Super Bowl Performances. 
    Favre 1-1 record, 5 TDs/1 INT
    Fran 0-3 record, 1 TD/ 6 INTs
    Thanks for the nightmares Fran!  

  • StoMan

    Funny…I agree with what Tarkenton says, but I also agree with Mike’s comment that it is the pot calling the kettle black. Tarkenton didn’t know when to call it quits either. I was a Favre fan for years, but the problem with Favre and others like him is that they get so over-hyped by the media and some fans that they start to believe their own press. It became clear to me several years ago that Favre wasn’t the saint he has been made out to be. I specifically remember the year they drafted Aaron Rodgers and Favre making the comment in a press conference or interview (can’t remember which) that he had “no intention” of being a mentor for the young new quarterback. I believe he said something like “that’s not my job”. For me, the was the first real eye opener that this guy had a huge ego. By the way, I loved Tarkenton’s comment that he hopes Favre signs with the Vikings “so he can fail”…Too funny!

  • jeege

    I read this and it sort of reminded me of how people feel when a former president chimes in on a current political issue.

    Everyone nods and smiles and then glances nervously at one another while calmly trying to quiet him down.

    Look, Tarkenton was great. But Mike nailed it on the head; Favre is/was better. So much better.

    And Favre can still play. I don’t know why this is barely mentioned when I read articles on it (though I’ve tired of reading them these last two weeks) but Favre had an excellent first half last year. Vintage Favre. And the year before that he led a team to the NFC championship. There is no reason to think that he can’t do the same for us!

    And after what Pat said, I agree…Jackson terrifies me now. I don’t want to see the guy behind center any more. I just dont!

  • Jim

    People are forgetting that even thous last year was labled a dissapointing year for Favre, he is 22-10 the last 2 years.

  • All Day 28

    Sounds like Fran is a little jealous of the fact that Brett to the Vikings could produce a Superbowl win. Fran said he  bombed when he went to New York, I believe he turned a 4 and 12 team into a 9 and 7 team on the cusp of making the playoff’s, with no key acquasitions but himself. We all know that Favre was hurt duing the last part of the season, yet he still played. He is 39 years old, yet he led his team 2 season’s ago to the NFC Championship and knocked on the doors of another Superbowl. Fran wants to rip Brett for losing to Eli, well damn did ya see what kind of Oline and Defense the Giants had that year. I do believe they beat the almighty undefeated Patriots in the Superbowl. Fran needs to lay off the Haterade and throw the sour grapes away

  • Mike

    Fran “kind of hope it happens, so he can fail.”  Does that mean Fran will be rooting against the Vikings if Favre is playing for them?  Obviously, Fran is no longer a true Vikings fan. Somebody ask him if he is rooting for the Falcons these days.  I no longer care about his opinion.

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    In all of his greatness Fran Tarkenton made stupid mistakes himself, and some of those mistakes were in the Super Bowl games, that he lost in all of them, i might add. Hey Fran, remember the Oakland Raiders Super Bowl, when you botched the handoff to Chuck Foreman on their 1-yard line, following a blocked punt, then Snake Stabler drove them all the way downfield for the score, talk about a momentum breaker? Then follow it up with your horrible interceptions to Willie Brown, who ran one back for a TD. How about the Bowls you QB’D against the Steelers and Dolphins? You stunk up the place in both of those Super Bowls, also. You nearly got WR-Sammy White’s head decapatated, by over-throwing him in the Raiders game across the middle, a hit that knocked his helmet 10 feet in the air, and it pretty much wrecked his career, thereafter. You acted like a self-centered baby yourself, by refusing to teach Tommy Kramer the ropes, you stated that he had to learn himself. So you see Tark, none of us are perfect, even in greatness-you should’nt point fingers at others’ miscues, when your own career is loaded with them. Brett Favre won a Super Bowl for the Packers, even the great Dan Marino could’nt claim that. As much as I liked you as the Vikings QB,being a fan when Joe Kapp was QB,your arm strength could’nt compare to Marino’s or Favre’s, so why the jealous tirade now? If Favre returns in a purple #4 and brings us a Super Bowl ring, he’ll go down in Vikings history as a winning QB, not a Super Bowl loser, making info-mercials for money.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    i think fran may have been more of “calling farve out” so to speak? yes fran wants to be known as the greatest viking qb ever. yes he feels degraded as to never win a superbowl. hey john elway lost 3 also. jim kelly lost 4 in a row. but do you guys think that they don’t feel as though they could be considered one of the best that ever played the game.???? well thats where fran puts himself too. farve is coming into fran’s turf, and he’s defensive towards that. let it be.  i think the point of frans coments are that farve needs to decide what he’s going to do and DO IT ALREADY instead of putting these teams through this turmoil. minny has got to move on. they can’t wait much longer for an injured, old, broken down qb to decide if he can play. does that even sound right for a team with minny’s talent??????? i think fran is saying, “hey, we got some young guys that can play RIGHT NOW, lets just get going at it. but hey, you gotta cut fran some slack. would’nt any of you guys feel the same if someone was coming in as a legend and replacing you in the hearts of viking hopefuls? my uncle says fran did’nt get it done, but niether did chuck forman, alan page, carl eller, matt blair, sammy white, bobby brown, ron yary…..etc……you get it? minny had a ton of probowl talent on those teams that did’nt get it done. not just fran. hey i know, my cowboys lost 3 superbowls by a combined total of 11 points. we should have won all 3. it’s frustrating, and thats when all the fingerpointing starts. you win as a team, you loose as a team. thats what frans saying. it ain’t all about brett farve………….

  • Mike

    Dallas Dave, I can’t agree.  The things Fran said like “despicable” were way over the top.  Moreover, Favre may need time to pop that tendon.  Everyone should leave Favre alone.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    well, yes i do see where fran may have been a little on the “green” side of his coments. yes farve will need more time to get the tendon situation out of the way to play. but he will have to be ready for camp in late mid to late july? would’nt you say ? he has to get involved with the offensive unit sooner or later before he can just go out there and start wingin em. no player is ever above the chemistry of a “TEAM”

  • Bruce

    Dear Fran,
    I’m 52 years old and I have seen ALL the greats play football. And the one person I have enjoyed watching play the most is Brett Favre! He plays with more heart and conviction then any other player I have watched in the last 40 years! He loves the game and he doesn’t do anything to disgrace the game like what some others have done. The Packers were not even on the radar screen since Bart Starr led the charge and Brett brought that team victories upon victories! Numerous playoffs, 2 championships and a SB win! So it was Brett that gave more to the Packers than vice-versa! So what if he had trouble making a LIFE CHANGING DECESION! Ted was anxious to play his personal pick as GM and he made that known! So it was obvious that Ted was wanting Brett to retire DUH! I think that’s terrible what they did to a man that gave so much to them as a team!
    You Fran, HAVE NO RIGHT to tell any American when to stop working or playing! You rip on a fellow NFL player and a future Hall of Famer to boot. I use to respect you and your accomplisments as a NFL player, but now I despise you as a long time fan of football. You have NO CLASS what so ever! You are the one that is despictable! You trash another man’s career for what??? For what Fran? Jealousy? You owe Brett and me an apology! You have soiled the fine institution of the NFL with your childish name calling and finger pointing! You have made the NFL a soap opera at best and you have absoulutely NO INTEGRITY at all! I did admire you since you first joined the NFL but now wish I has never heard the name Fran Tarkenton. As far as I am concerned they should burn your HOF jacket! You are disgusting and pathetic and immature! Brett has taken the HIGH road in this affair and you sir, are in the sewer with all of the other rats!

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    i have no credability what so ever. i never played pro ball. i never met fran or brett.  but i’ve played the game too. i know what it takes and i know what a man leaves on the field. so does fran and so does brett. they both love and have a passion for this game. but thats what it is a game. fran is talking about life. brett is contemplating his life. then do it already and stop playing with others lives. do you see the point fran was making. yeah it’s hard not to be jealous of anothers accomplishments. but fran tarkenton jealous of brett farve, ? give me a damn break……fran can stand his 5’9″ frame against any that have ever played the game. including bert farve. that is bullshit.

  • Mike

    My father said he worked with Fran on some business deals in the 1970s.  He said Fran was totally self-obsessed.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    fran owes no one an appology, and i don’t think you’ll get one. if any one owes an appology it’s farve to the people of GB and of the minnesota if he does’nt either play or put a stop to all this contemplating once and for all. people rooted for farve because he was great and a winner, you said it yourself. he gave it his all. when then either do it again or tell someone you ain’t. nothing hard about that. fran did it

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    he has to be if he can be that successful. and brett farve isn’t?

  • Mike

    Tarkenton told Paul Allen today that the Vikings have a team built to win no matter who is at quarterback???????  He also said he has never seen either Tarvaris Jackson nor Sage Rosenfels play?????  Maybe he first wants to discourage Favre, then say he could play better than Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels and finally ask Chilly if he can lead them to a super bowl.  How could a retired NFL great be so football stupid????????

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  • greenngoldblood

    For all Favre haters and Francis too, consider this: Brett and Deanna Favre have raised millions of dollars through the Brett Favre Foundation to help disadvantaged children in Wisconsin and Mississippi. The Deanna Favre Hope Foundation has done the same to help fight breast cancer. The Brett Favre Fourward Foundation has raised over three million dollars for other charities in Wisconsin and Mississippi. And let’s not forget the millions they raised to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. You people who call him selfish should take a good look into the mirror. What has your new hero Francis done to help others? I am ashamed that people like you who call themselves NFL Fans spew such hatred for the man and his family that have done more for people in need than all of you put together have ever done. You call him selfish? Shame on you. You are the ones who are selfish. God Bless Brett and his family, and Brett and Deanna, please do whatever you want with your lives – the morons don’t get a say in it.

  • Steve

    Fran
    I think you opened up a can of worms here. You even got teammates who played with you coming out in support of Brett Favre. You have to realize that most NFL players
    DON’T LIKE OTHER NFL PLAYERS WHO TRASH OTHER NFL PLAYERS for no good reason!
    You end up looking like a jackass because how obviously jealous you are of this other player. Brett didn’t personally attack you like that. You were even more of a jerk than Pete Prisco who loathes Brett Favre. Of course most people loathe Pete Prisco as well lol. But seriously Fran, what is it? Did you wake up one morning and run your finger through a Mississippi phone book randomly and land on Brett Favre’s name?
    Hmmm, I think I’ll go do an interview and try and make Brett look bad so the Vikings won’t want him. Because I’m a God in Viking Land and EVERYONE loves Fran Tarkenton (well we won’t mention your teammates from the past). And when everyone hears what I, a current Hall of Famer thinks of that future Hall of Famer, they will just jump on my bandwagon and he won’t get the chance to do what I never could do after trying three times!
    Come on Fran, you are so transparent it’s……ummm.…..oh yeah? DESPICABLE!

  • Snow Dog

    Great comments Fran!  I’ve been saying what you said for several years now.  Farve screwed Green Bay when he told them he would “likely” retire and they go out and draft Aaron Rogers, then he changes his mind. This goes on for 3 more years until they finally had enough. Farve is all about Favre and I wish he would, to quote Mike Tyson, just “faid into bolivion”

  • Schmunna

    Fran is an idiot. I grew up loving the guy, who couldn’t win a Super Bowl. But rather than take the high road, show some class, and not make such “sour grapes” comments, he spouts off about one of the game’s great Quarterbacks who always played with child like enthusiasm, tough as nails, and virtually never missed a game; played 291 straight games to be exact.  Fran is a forgotten Hall of Fame QB.  They talk about Montana, Young, Bradshaw, Staubach, Namath, Greise, Fouts, Elway, Marino, Aikman, Peyton Manning….nobody talks about Fran Tarkenton anymore.  Fran needs to get over his sour disposition (he sounds like a Jim Brown), and go get a new haircut.  I have no respect for Tarkenton after his classless comments on Favre…”I hope Favre goes to Minnesota so he can fail”.  I think Fran has been slammed on his head too many times. Plus, should Favre had gone to Minnesota, and won them a Super Bowl with the talent the Vikes now have, they’d forget about #10 in a hurry.  Fran knew that, and his Ego spoke it.

  • Mark

    Tarkenton was a great QB and deserves respect. HOWEVER, he needs to just shut up about this. He is contributing to all the negative hype and is helping GB and the naysayers to detract from the goal: reaching the Superbowl and winning. Fran is probably a little jealous and a little mad that he never got paid the money that today would be paid to a great QB- I would be jealous too- He can either be with us or against us- sounds to me like he is anti-vikings

  • Deadhetz

    Where’s Fran’s big unknowing mouth now??