Fran Tarkenton Responds to the Brett Favre Stir He Created, Destroys Marcellus Wiley

May 28, 2009 – 8:45 am by Will Brinson

Fran Tarkenton appeared on 790 the Zone Tuesday and was asked about Brett Favre coming back to the Vikings. He called it “despicable” and got freaking blasted yesterday. (For whatever it’s worth, I freaking agree; go ‘way, Brett!)

He also mentioned that he kind of hopes it happens so he can fail. And people freaked! Every newspaper in America and every sports website has discussed this and so Fran came back on 790 the Zone Thursday morning. And he was fired up, son! And when you get a 69-year-old man on the radio livid about a “suck-up society” you’re going to get some vitriol. And it’s going to quadruple when you tell him that Marcellus Wiley called him a ‘grumpy old man.’ Holy cow. Just good times. I freaking heart this guy.

On sportswriters:

“I had an opinion that was not in agreement with Brett Favre’s opinion. Now, have the sportswriters and sportscasters across the country, have they just sucked up to Brett Favre and glorified Brett Favre on this subject matter — don’t they have an opinion? They certainly haven’t expressed it have they?”

On ESPN/Marcellus Wiley calling Tarkenton a “grumpy old man”:

“Marcellus Wiley, who is trying to parlay a minimal football career into still making  more money. This grumpy old man is 69 years old, I own six businesses, I’ve built 16 over the years, I’m paying my taxes, I’ve started two new businesses, we’re hiring more people, we’re not laying them off, we’re not cutting their salaries — we’re increasing their salaries, and in this society we are productive when so many people are not productive. I’m not playing croquette down at Orlando at the Villages, I’m not playing golf every day, I’m out there as a 69 year old … making money out of sports or with sports — I’m creating and building businesses from the ground up: that’s this grumpy old man.”

On rooting against the Vikings:

“No. The way I really said that is that I do hope he goes and I hope it works out. Because I think that will burn every bridge he has in Green Bay, and it should. Why would they want to be loyal in the memory of Brett Favre through his great career after he’s put them through this? Last year he tried to go to the arch-rival Vikings, underhandedly tried to do that — talking to the coaches, talking to his former assistant coach, behind the back of the Packers. And now this year, evidently they’re in talks, so if he goes there and you’re a Green Bay Packers fan, how would you feel about Brett Favre?”

On the difference of his criticism versus a columnist’s criticism:

“I will go with you. But I think that we’re also in a suck-up society, and for the people that are following professional football, it’s okay to have an opinion. You’re not saying Brett Favre is a bad guy, you’re not saying Brett Favre wasn’t a great player, you’re just saying that I agree/disagree with this whole scenario. But they really haven’t done it.”

Listen to Fran Tarkenton on 790 the Zone in Atlanta with Mayhem in the AM

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  1. 35 Responses to “Fran Tarkenton Responds to the Brett Favre Stir He Created, Destroys Marcellus Wiley”

  2. Fran,if you had a team begging for your skills, even in your prime, you could not compete with Farve overrated, original choke artist, 3- Super Bowls losses(blowouts)
    Farve-Super Bowl Win

    By Rodney on May 28, 2009

  3. Francis talks about Brett bombing. How about your 3 Superbowls 1td and 6ints combined. What a moron you commit fraud on fellow players and fans then run south with all the money. Why don’t you go on the air and explain why you stole money you choking pig.

    By Favre better than Fran on May 28, 2009

  4. I truly hope Brett Favre returns and plays for the Vikings-I would take him any day to be the starting QB of my football team in the NFL if I had one.There was no “Class” shown here my Fran Tarkenton with his harsh words.If this is how he felt he should keep it to himself..Brett Favre in all the years of playing never,never spoke this way on anyone in his field.Brett Favre plays with alot of heart & soul loves the game plays with such passion the NFL is so much better when he is on the field under center.I hope his health lets him return because we are better off with him than without him.Go for it Brett you have alot to offer the game..A # 4 Fan Forever

    By fay on May 28, 2009

  5. Fran is the greatest QB in the history of the Vikings. How could you guys trash him like that? Fran has earned the right to state his opinion of Favre’s return. Trust me, you don’t want Favre at this stage in his career. I was a season ticket holder to the Packers for years and even got invited to mini camp after college, so I have quite a bit of knowledge regarding Favre. You don’t, um, need Favre to be a winner in Minnesota.

    By R. Lea Wilson on May 28, 2009

  6. “I think that we’re also in a suck-up society….”
    I present the first three posts into evidence as exhibits A, B, and C.

    By MJ on May 28, 2009

  7. If Fran Tarkenton had half the passion for the game as Brett Farve had, he may have led the Vikings to a “SB”. His trashing Brett was uncalled for. I have never heard Brett trash another player. Fran — Keep your thoughts to yourself!

    By Dave Rusch on May 28, 2009

  8. Way to go Fran. Hilarious stuff – and TRUE. Jets fans were hot for Favre too – most of them felt much differently by December after yet another “Brett FunBall” that killed drives.

    I’m a Vikes fan, and Favre isn’t the answer.

    By G-Money on May 29, 2009

  9. I agree with Tarkenton. Can not believe that there are still people that support the ego of Farve. This guy needs to get a life. He has destroyed his reputation, left the Jets with no quaterback, been disloyal to the Packers, played his games long enough. Stay on the Farm Farve and shut up.

    Second on the list is the mindset of the Vikings. They have to be the dumbest football minds this side of the Jets.

    By Joe McCormack on May 29, 2009

  10. Farve sucks… Fran is my hero.

    Is anything he said wrong? No.

    Fact- Favre is a liar. He lied about retiring, un retiring, then retiring again. He lied when he said it wasn’t “personal”.

    Fact- Brett ran up a couple of wins against the 5 worst teams in football (getting very lucky against miami) had two decent games, and then was the WORST QB in the NFL the rest of the season.

    What, he was injured you say? If thats your defense, then you must also admit that he didn’t care enough about the team winning to take himself out of the lineup if he was that hurt. In the NFL, once you say you can play- you have no excuses. He cost his team a playoff birth with his own arrogance (and a shitload of interceptions).

    By Favre sucks on May 29, 2009

  11. Favre is a clown. The guy is a chucker. He is only successful when he has excellent receivers. He tosses up prayers. With talented wide outs, the prayers turn into receptions and TDs. With poor wide outs, he sets INT records. I can’t stand the guy. The QB is supposed to be the most team-oriented player on the field. Favre has shown us repeatedly that he is the antithesis of a team player. I’m glad someone with a somewhat audible media voice finally spoke up about this sorry excuse for a football player.

    By Paul on May 29, 2009

  12. Vikings apperances in Superbowl w/Fran – 4
    Vikings apperances in Superbowl wo/Fran – 0

    Packer apperances in Superbowl w/Farve – 2

    Yes the Vikings lost all 4 but Fran still took his team there 4 times. Brett got there only twice.

    So Brett wins one Superbowl in however many years and this makes him so great? BFD.

    All he did is hang around long enough to pad stats.

    By Richard Holtzclaw on May 29, 2009

  13. For those of you arguing Favre is better than Tarkenton, you’re missing the point. The point is Favre is a prick.

    By joe on May 29, 2009

  14. I happen to agree with Mr. Tarkenton. The media is fawning all over Brett Favre. This news is getting old really fast. The issue is his whether he will or he won’t come back. Mr. Tarkenton’s career is irrelevant in this discussion. Sportswriting is becoming more Hollywood and drama rather than reporting and this includes ESPN.

    By Bob the Bear fan on May 29, 2009

  15. Fran’s just scared that Favre might be able to win the big game for the Vikes. They don’t need Favre to carry them. They only need him to manage the game. We’re running out of time. Favre may not be the answer, but he’s much closer to the answer than T-Jack and a guy named Sage.

    By Tim Mitchell on May 29, 2009

  16. I am thankful for Fran Tarkenton coming out and stating what he believes. For the record totally agree with him. Brett Farve needs to go. I am sick and tired of his act and I think that everyone on earth has forgetten the difference between the player he was and the player he is. He was a hall of fame QB who was exciting to watch and one of the best QBs of all time (not the best but close). He is an over the hill, hard to watch player that lacks the physicals skills that made him great. He is no longer really a leader as he showed clearly in NY. And his decision making process was never good. That is why he leads the NFL all time with interceptions. Ask any football coach the worst thing a QB can do is throw a pic. Now he doesnt have the same arm to “force” the throw he used to make. For heavens sake the man played for 18 years let him go. This is the NFL. Production is the only thing that matters. Brett cant do it anymore and he should retire. As far as the whole get back at the packers thing, I believe brett is totally doing that. What a childish thing to do to a franchise that made you into the star that you are and helped to create a huge legacy of green and yellow brett farve fans. Why on earth is he trying to take it them. GROW UP BRETT. Leave Fran alone. Hall fo fame players have a right to speak there minds about whats going on in the NFL today. Fran helped make this league great and revolutionized the position of QB. Dont forget where football came from. Get off of Brett’s jock and really look at whats going on. I suggest going to and checking bretts stats the last 4 years. Its been pretty shady

    By blondeviking on May 30, 2009

  17. I agree with Fran. At least he has the balls to say what no one else in the media will. I am tired of this roller coaster ride Favre puts everyone on year in and year out. He has been pulling this “will he retire, will he come back crap” for the last 5 or six seasons. And the media for whatever reason just eats it up. I also agree with “joe” Farve is a prick. He is a glory hound who cares about nothing but himself. I am taking nothing away from Farve in terms of what he has done on the field. His career speaks for itself and he will be a Hall of Famer one day but both he and Marcellus Wiley need to remember Tarkenton is also a HOFamer and he did it in an era when defensive lineman and cornerbacks could get away with alot more than they do now.

    By Rob Frye on May 30, 2009

  18. Maybe those in the media just believe in Favre you a$$holes. Just because their opinions don’t happen to agree with yours they’re sucking up to Favre? Yeh, you’re the only opinions that matter. F&*k you Fran. I enjoyed your leg getting broke, B&^%h.

    By Randy Faurote on May 30, 2009

  19. Wow tell us how you really feel Randy. No one is saying our opinions are the only ones that matter dumba$$. But are you going really saying that you believe across the board everyone in the media from those on high at ESPN to Fox Sports to CNN to whatever other sports or media outlet is out there, they all believe in Favre. Bull$hit. That is our point you StupidF%*@k

    By Rob Frye on May 30, 2009

  20. Fran’s comments are typical of the kind of jelous, self-centered, loser that he was. The Viking’s fans comments are similar to Fran’s; a group of people who have never experienced true success. They act like they achieved something by losing four Super Bowls by large margins. One of my favorite NFL memories was the “Hail Marry” playoff game where Roger Staubach, a truly great quarterback and individual, beat Tarkington and the wannabe Minnisota Vikings. On one hand I would like to see him come back and succeed where Tarkington never could. The fact is, Farve is still one of the best quarterbacks in the game. On the other hand the people of Minnisota who make such comments of great players like Farve do not deserve him. Just keep reverencing Kapp and Tarkington and continue to be losers.

    By NFL Historian on May 31, 2009

  21. I have to agree with most of what Tarkenton says. Brett Favre is quite simply the most overrated player of all time in any sport. That’s not to say that he wasn’t a great player, which he certainly was, but I don’t think any player could possibly be great enough to warrant the amount of media coverage that man gets.

    We as sports fans are forever being reminded of the three MVP’s (even though everybody knows that the 3rd one should be sitting on Barry Sander’s mantle) and the superbowl win. People need to realize that all of those things happened over a decade ago. How many times in the past decade has Favre been anything more than an above-average NFL quarterback? Maybe twice, in 2001 and 2007.

    The fact of the matter is the Brett Favre hasn’t been a consistent top-5 QB in a long time yet the sports media continues to talk about him like he’s one of the top 2 or 3 QB’s in the game. Maybe in the mid 90’s he was one of the top 2 or 3 but these days I’d question whether he’s even in the top half

    By Steve on May 31, 2009

  22. Way to go Fran!

    I’ve rooted for the Packers ever since I was a little Wisconsin born & bred kid and for most of my life all I’ve ever known was Favre (25yr old now). I’m glad someone finally put this into perspective.

    Favre…go pound sand. You’re dead to me.

    By Lawdog on Jun 1, 2009

  23. Brett Favre supporters bear a strong resemblance to George W. Bush supporters. Horrible performances, arrogance and incompetence make no difference. No amount of facts are going to get in the way of their worship. Way to tell it like it is Fran!

    By Nojabo on Jun 1, 2009

  24. From Hero to Zero! Doesn’t anyone get it? In the real world, if you retire, you can’t come back and take up space that now belongs to the next person in line. Total Packers Fan, just NOT a Farve fan. I saw through him from years back and saw his arrogance. I say, let the loser go to the Vikings, then perhaps he can really hang his head when he’s booed off the field.

    By tocami on Jun 10, 2009

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