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Favre and Tarkenton: Not sitting in a tree

5/27/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton has kept a pretty low profile during recent years while living and working in Atlanta. But Tarkenton emerged this week to crush retired quarterback Brett Favre for just about everything that has happened since last summer's departure from Green Bay.

In an interview with 790 The Zone, Tarkenton called Favre's dalliance with Minnesota "despicable" and said he wants Favre to sign with the Vikings "so he can fail." Tarkenton added: "How would you like Ray Nitschke in his last year [playing for] the Vikings? Or I retire, and go play for the Packers?"

Yikes.

Here's a link to the full audio, and here are some selected transcripts from our friends at sportsradiointerviews.com. But make sure to check out Tarkenton's evaluation of Favre as a player:

"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[NFC championship] 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."

Tarkenton spent much of his career with the Vikings, but I have to assume his enmity toward Favre extends beyond divisional rivalries. Is it because some people think Favre out-Tarkenentoned him during his career, especially by making plays outside of the pocket? Who knows. But whatever the source, it runs deep.