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Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Fran Tarkenton Hopes For a Favre Fail


Fran Tarkenton is hoping that Brett Favre comes back and plays for the Vikings. So he can fail.

In an interview with 790 The Zone in Atlanta, Tarkenton had some choice words about Favre’s retired-not retired cycle:

“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.”

Tarkenton also says that “he has made more stupid plays than any great quarterback that I’ve ever seen”. Just for the record, Brett Favre: 464 TDs, 310 INTs, Super Bowl Champion. Fran Tarkenton: 342 TDs, 266 INTs, No Super Bowl Championships. In three Super Bowls Tarkenton threw 1 TD and 6 picks. In 2 Super Bowls Favre threw 5 TDs and just 2 picks.

  • PB

    I thought Tarkenton was dead! Oh wait, just his career since “That’s Incredible!” went off the air. FIRE FORD MANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • dhaab

    I completely agree with Fran!

    Favre has made a TON of stupid throws over the years. I think it’s refreshing to hear a HOF’er like Tark point out the obvious.

  • Big D

    I don’t think Tark said anything that was incorrect. Tarkenton inferred that Farve was a great QB, which he is/was. But Farve is not perfect. As a Bears fan, I took pleasure in all the drama with the Packers last year. He became larger than the team and that can only sustain itself for so long.

    Also, Zoner compared Brett’s numbers to Tarkenton’s. No one is doubting Brett had the better career, but Tark has done enough in his career to talk about anyone he wants.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Tark has cred, no doubt. But to come out and say he has more stupid plays than anyone else is kind of ridiculous when you consider his career — and especially — his postseason numbers.

  • Pisstnbroke1

    I think the ridiculous comment was easy for him to say with last year, especially the last half season, in mind. I think if he reflected on Brett’s career as a whole he wouldn’t say that. I’m a Vik’s fan and I think he’s better than what’s currently in place. With the O-line and running game currently in place, not to mention receivers to throw to, I think there would be less pressure on Favre to make those big plays.

    At least I think………Cheers!!

  • Pisstnbroke1

    Meant the “stupid plays” comment, not ridiculous.

  • Big D

    What “great quarterback” has made more stupid plays than Farve? I can only think of one, Fran Tarkenton. I liked Farve as a qb. Always wondered why he was not mentioned with the greatest ever. But boy, he would make some rediculous throws.

  • Gary Hendricks

    Fran Tarkenton is correct to hope Favre Fails. I have been a Packer fan for 54 years. Farve has turned into a BIG BABY. I hope he Fails also.
    The people of Wisconsin and ALL Packer fans should wish him the same.
    By the way, Fran Tarkenton was one of my all time favorite QB’s hands down.

    Thank You Fran !


    Fran, Fran, Fran… Should you be so negative? You hope to see someone fail?! I’m not a big fan of Favre or the Packers or the Vikings (especially since I grew up in Chicago) but your talk about the “me-syndrome” of professional athletes in “this day and age” sounds like an old man’s jealous tirade. I agree with you about the complete disloyalty exhibited today throughout pro sports organizations and by the selfishness of today’s pro players. And I can relate to the fact that retirement flip-flopping is an annoyingly selfish act, no matter the organization you watch. But what is the problem with a pro player wanting to keep playing until his wheels fall off? Why is that such a controversy? And where is your loyalty to the Vikings by saying you’d like for Favre to fail in Minnesota (does your loyalty apply in this day and age)?

    I understand the inter-division rivalry thorn-in-your-side issue, but is it really that appalling in today’s entertainment culture? Is it appalling enough to wish someone should fail? Even if they play on your very own team? I’m willing to bet that if Favre succeeded in Minnesota, your QB stock would diminish in the twin cities from the man who took the Vikings to 4 superbowls to the guy who just couldn’t bring home the bacon. Is that what you’re worried about? As a matter of fact, I now hope Favre succeeds just to see you become solidified as a failure. Ironic, huh?

  • http://zonersports.com Zoner

    I love this part of your comment:

    “And where is your loyalty to the Vikings by saying you’d like for Favre to fail in Minnesota (does your loyalty apply in this day and age)?”

    That’s pretty lame. He dislikes the guy so much that he hopes his former team goes down?

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