Fran Tarkenton – A Legend and a Disappointment

If you missed it, Fran Tarkenton, former Minnesota Vikings quarterback, decided to share his opinion about Brett Favre this week. Using wonderfully, the catchphrases of Rush Limbaugh and Daffy Duck. “I kind of hope it happens so he can fail” and “despicable.”

Tarkenton then tried to clarify his statement by saying, “No. The way I really said that is that I do hope he goes and I hope it works out,” Tarkenton said. “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?

Maybe I can help Mr. Tarkenton understand. Most Packer fans know that Favre’s issue is not with “the Packers” or Packer fans. It is with Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy. Even if they won’t admit it now, most Packer fans will still be Brett Favre fans once time has past and this is all history.

Like most Viking fans are still fans of Fran Tarkenton after he went from the Vikings to the Giants, then back to the Vikings and then lost three Super Bowls.

On Tarkenton’s blog, his argument emphasizes on the “TEAM” and not one player. However, it sounds to me like Tarkenton is the one who is focused on one player. He said that “[Brett] blew the game against the Giants.” He only noticed Favre’s overtime interception in the NFC Championship game? I guess he missed the 11 receptions and 154 yards by Plaxico Burress, the Packers 28 total rushing yards and the Giants missed field goal that would have won the game in regulation.

Tarkenton also mentioned that Favre “bombed” in New York. Maybe he didn’t see the Jets once dominant defense, fall apart at the seams down the stretch. And just for reference, the Jets still won more games than the Packers.

Also on his blog, Tarkenton argues that what he said doesn’t make him a grumpy old man, as someone suggested. And I agree.

I think it just made him sound like a jerk.

Packer fans may agree that Favre will put a dent in his legacy if he plays for the Vikings. There are also many that will never let anything take away what he did as a Packer.

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2 Responses to “Fran Tarkenton – A Legend and a Disappointment”

  1. Joe Thomas says:

    I love the Packers and Favre but reading this guy’s site is digging up some painful memories about how he let us down in big games.

  2. Ron says:

    What was Favre’s record against .500 or better teams, including playoffs? Did he just win against losing teams?

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