Friday, August 20, 2010
The history between Favre and Walker
By Kevin Seifert
Thanks to those of you who reminded me of the, shall we say, interesting history between Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre and free-agent receiver Javon Walker, who is trying to resurrect his career and worked out Friday with the Vikings. (The Vikings also worked out receiver Brandon Jones.)
In an unusual series of events five years ago, Favre torched Walker for skipping the Green Bay Packers' 2005 minicamp. Walker was seeking a new contract at the time. Here is part of what Favre said:
"If Javon wants to know what the quarterback thinks, and I would think he might, I'd tell him he's going about this the wrong way. When his agent tells him not to worry about what his teammates think and all that stuff, I'd tell him I've been around a long time and that stuff will come back to haunt you."
A year later, Walker asked the Packers to trade him in part because of Favre's comments. Here's an excerpt from an ESPN.com story by Michael Smith:
Favre offended Walker when he spoke out against the receiver in his contract dispute, saying he should come to training camp and not hold out. (Walker heeded the advice.) Walker believes Favre's comments made living and working in Wisconsin difficult; Walker tells of one instance when he was in a hotel and an employee announced his presence on an Internet message board for "anyone who had something to say to Javon Walker." It also angered Walker that the team allowed its iconic quarterback to interfere publicly in a teammate's business with management. He held his tongue all year.
"There's an unwritten rule that players stick together," said Walker, still biting his tongue on Favre for the most part.
We're a long way from Favre and Walker reuniting. The reality is Walker hasn't been a productive receiver since 2006, and his move to the Oakland Raiders in 2008 was one of the biggest free-agent flops in recent memory. But I'm sorry, this one is too juicy to ignore.