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Antrel Rolle says he's "going at" Favre

Safety Antrel Rolle and his Arizona Cardinals teammates have two reasons to be geeked up for the December 6 visit from the Minnesota Vikings to the football stadium named for a college that still doesn’t have a football team.

First, the Vikings shellacked the Cardinals on their home turf last December, 35-14.  Second, the Cardinals were pasted by Vikings quarterback Brett Favre and his most recent former team, the Jets, in late September.

“I think Brett Favre is a good quarterback, but this year when they come play us he’s going to have his hands full because we definitely have to get him back for what he did to us last year,” Rolle told Xtra Sports 910 in Phoenix.  “I’m going at him.”

Though we’ve seen former Bears and Saints coach Mike Ditka explain in an NFL Films production that he was motivated by revenge when facing the 49ers the season after San Fran skunked Chicago in the NFC title game, we generally think that teams should worry less about “getting him back for what he did to us last year” and focus more on fixing whatever it was that allowed him to do what he did.

In our view, revenge becomes relevant only when someone engages in malicious conduct that unnecessarily causes insult or injury.  When a team got its ass kicked fair and square by guys who were simply doing their jobs, revenge is a dish best not served.

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43 Responses to “Antrel Rolle says he's "going at" Favre”
  1. Hillbilly Coach says: Aug 19, 2009 10:07 PM

    Brett is shaking in his shoes! He may feign illness to not have to face such a threat.
    Favre said, “Antrel Rolle? He plays where? What position? Oh ya! That punk kid! He’ll call me Daddy again after the game.”

  2. packerbacker says: Aug 19, 2009 10:12 PM

    yeah! take him out!
    Favre better hope the ‘Queen’s offensive line can hold up. He’s gonna need protection from all the guys that he pissed off. (And the fans in GB.)

  3. BrenstonBuckner says: Aug 19, 2009 10:13 PM

    Wonder if these Brothas would ever say the same thing about Vick???—Racial overtones much??

  4. myasylum says: Aug 19, 2009 10:14 PM

    Agreed.

  5. Super Kyle says: Aug 19, 2009 10:15 PM

    Wow, a star trek quote.

  6. cballlv11 says: Aug 19, 2009 10:32 PM

    You said… “In our view, revenge becomes relevant only when someone engages in malicious conduct that unnecessarily causes insult or injury.”
    …and that is why you are a sports writer, and not a sports participant. When beaten by a team or a person, a competitive person wants to repay that loss. Thats what drives pro athletes to lift weights and practice everyday, or get in the batting cage, or driving range, or whatever they do to make themselves stronger, faster or better. These people don’t like to lose, and losing to the same person/team multiple times really puts a fire in their bellys.
    Your statement says to me that unless there is some sort of altercation, players shouldn’t get fired up and ready to avenge a loss. What a sad place the world of sports would be with this kind of “Hello Kitty” marshmellow fluff attitude…

  7. TheFoo says: Aug 19, 2009 10:32 PM

    Oh no, the Cardinals defense…not only is Favre not shaking in his boots…even TJoke isn’t.
    Rolle gets any slower he’ll end up at linebacker.

  8. The Dox says: Aug 19, 2009 10:33 PM

    “When a team got its ass kicked fair and square by guys who were simply doing their jobs, revenge is a dish best not served.”
    Spoken like a complete pussy. Nice try to spin it like you were sounding classy, though.
    Are you sure you’re a lawyer?

  9. Vick's failed drug test says: Aug 19, 2009 10:35 PM

    Two things will happen when the Vikings play the Cards.
    The Vikings will win and Favre will be the best quarterback on the field. pretty simple.

  10. Mr. Irrelevant says: Aug 19, 2009 10:40 PM

    Um, I hope you realize that University of Phoenix is something like DeVry, a community college-esque institution all around the country. Nice try being clever Florio, you just sounded stupid instead.
    Another Favre story! Hooray! Can’t wait to see NBC’s pregame to be devoted to him as well!

  11. DatPerson says: Aug 19, 2009 10:46 PM

    Its ok. When Rolle is “going at” Favre, Peterson will be making Touchdowns. Thats all to it. What Team/player is going to call out farve next?

  12. Cobra Commander says: Aug 19, 2009 10:51 PM

    “When a team got its ass kicked fair and square by guys who were simply doing their jobs, revenge is a dish best not served.”
    Hard to argue with that. That just demonstrates someone who can’t accept losing and justifies their loss with ‘revenge’.

  13. gbbrady10 says: Aug 19, 2009 10:52 PM

    I like the idea Antrel but unfortunately for you Favre will be long gone by the time your matchup comes along

  14. Wyoming says: Aug 19, 2009 11:12 PM

    “stadium named for a college that still doesn’t have a football team.”
    Kind of like Ford Field, only a city not a college

  15. Kidekk says: Aug 19, 2009 11:31 PM

    Florio, is there some quota that you have to reach or did you not play sports when you were growing up? You know that whole thing about Urlacher calling Cutler a pussy? Well, this article may be one of the pussiest things I’ve ever seen on a sports site. You should delete this non-story because it is one of the worst articles written on this site. Right up there with Josh Alper’s “article” about Tom Brady falling out of a kayak. Actually, this is worse because Alper was trying to get a chuckle. It seems like you’re serious about this one. Wow.
    This article is like Todd Pinkston going across the middle.

  16. Kidekk says: Aug 19, 2009 11:34 PM

    BrenstonBuckner says:
    August 19, 2009 10:13 PM
    Wonder if these Brothas would ever say the same thing about Vick???—Racial overtones much??
    —————–
    Ummm, context much?
    “I think Brett Favre is a good quarterback, but this year when they come play us he’s going to have his hands full because we definitely have to get him back for what he did to us last year,” Rolle told Xtra Sports 910 in Phoenix.
    Or are you just that stupid?

  17. TheBroncsareDonks says: Aug 19, 2009 11:37 PM

    I find it amazing that one of the NFL’s greatest stars is taking so much heat for coming out of retirement, while arguably one of the NFL’s most dispicable criminals is allowed back in the league because “he’s done his time” and “he deserves a second chance.” BS!!! I’ve seen/heard hardly any Vick-bashing. All you Favre-Nay-Sayers should be up in arms about Vick bringing a “dirty stain” into the NFL.

  18. GB3Pack4 says: Aug 19, 2009 11:39 PM

    “… we generally think that teams should worry less about “getting him back for what he did to us last year” and focus more on fixing whatever it was that allowed him to do what he did.
    In our view, revenge becomes relevant only when … ”
    Reply: I was about to write a comment saying I agree entirely with your stance in the FIRST graph, above – which I DO – when I saw the opening of your NEXT paragraph – I’m suspicious about the meaning of “relevance” in this context; see it as a transparent attempt to obfuscate your support of an inappropriate action.

  19. mnmaverick says: Aug 19, 2009 11:43 PM

    Peterson will run through Rolle like the train that ran over the Deloreane in Back To The Future Part III.

  20. football89 says: Aug 19, 2009 11:44 PM

    I’m sure Favre is shaking in his boots about Rolle. Favre won’t even make it that long in the season.

  21. Kidekk says: Aug 19, 2009 11:54 PM

    @BrenstonBuckner, and you also brought race up when there was no need to do so. Moreover, he was asked about Favre and gave that answer. It’s not like he was just spouting off at the mouth. That and you’re an idiot—Think much?

  22. jusford says: Aug 20, 2009 12:03 AM

    Favre won’t last till Dec.

  23. MasterShake says: Aug 20, 2009 12:04 AM

    Only a moron is concerned about one player and not a team. This dickholes best “hit list” involves bongs and crackpipes. Talk shit about another teams QB and you setup your own QB to be taken out. Nice team player you selfish bastard. It hurts when your team can’t put the stem on the apple doesn’t it? You play in sand, don’t get buried with the other catshit.

  24. VonClausewitz says: Aug 20, 2009 12:13 AM

    It’s a competition. You want to win. Winning is what defines you. Some dude kicking your ass last year is motivation to make it not happen again and to give it back. Call it revenge, call it what you want. It’s real and it’s useful and any team that doesn’t have guys that give a damn like that should go find other guys.

  25. Bobhopesbrother says: Aug 20, 2009 12:59 AM

    If Farve is still in one piece at that time the two teams meet. Role will scrape up the remains after Farve is hit by All-Pro Adrian Wilson. Role will be an observer, most likely.

  26. 30PTBUCK says: Aug 20, 2009 1:08 AM

    Hey Rolle have you heard what Bretteney said about your mama and what she did in the Jets locker room after last years game? Well Bretteney really didn’t know after she left his private locker area he heard stories though.He dares you to kick his butt especially on a Friday because no matter what he beleives he’ll rise on Sunday

  27. mnmaverick says: Aug 20, 2009 7:05 AM

    After Jared Allen snaps Warner like a Pretzel, Fat Pat will PANCAKE SACK him. Leaving Lightweight Leinart behind center.

  28. AvoidLLOYD says: Aug 20, 2009 7:45 AM

    Rolle should concentrate more on maybe covering somebody…wait he can’t cover…ok go ahead and blitz all you want.
    Just curious will Favre and Warner be conducting AARP PS Announcements for that game?

  29. mlegue810 says: Aug 20, 2009 7:58 AM

    This guy was just trying to get us Favre haters to rally around the Cards.
    …and it worked. For me, at least.

  30. Fan_Of_ Four says: Aug 20, 2009 8:27 AM

    ” I’m going at him ”
    REALLY ?
    Damn…I bet Brett would of stayed retired if he knew this before.
    Hey Rolle, Brett has taken sh!ts bigger than you.

  31. BIG_DUKE says: Aug 20, 2009 8:49 AM

    The last time someone said something like this, favre roasted him on a 70 yard bomb for an OT win right over his head. Not to mention any names…. Dre Bly!

  32. MNFANINAZ says: Aug 20, 2009 9:04 AM

    Dear Antrel,
    Please have OUR stadium in tip top shape for OUR arrival.
    Sincerely,
    The 40,000 Viking fans that occupied UofP Stadium last season
    PS: If Tavaris Jackson lit you guys up, what the hell do you think B.F. is going to do?
    Hi Cards fans!!! (all 5 of you)

  33. timegambit says: Aug 20, 2009 10:01 AM

    “I’m going at him.”….sounds queer.

  34. BrenstonBuckner says: Aug 20, 2009 10:03 AM

    @kiDIKK—seems i touched a nerve..How many more times are you going to respond to my post??—Just calling it the way it is..And it is purely racial…See how much support Vick gets from every player of color in the league??—Larry Fitzgerald(who i thought was classy)–was downright giddy on the sidelines when told of the Vick signing–That was just one example of a plethora of examples…Wonder if Antrell will say anything negative about his boy Vick……There’s no taking anything out of context pal….

  35. Gweez says: Aug 20, 2009 10:12 AM

    Congrats on declaring that you’ll do your job.

  36. Okey says: Aug 20, 2009 10:37 AM

    That’s hillarious!
    Rolle can’t even find his way across the line of scrimage. This is right up there with Vince Young saying he will win a Super Bowl and be in the H.O.F.

  37. madM100 says: Aug 20, 2009 10:45 AM

    Last year university of phoenix stadium was half filled with purple jerseys the week after their frickin team clinched its 1st playoff berth in years. whats it gonna be like when they only have 4 wins by december? Rolle you have officially put a 50 yard favre to rice TD in your fututre

  38. Favre2Harv says: Aug 20, 2009 11:18 AM

    In the famous words of Dan Cole The Common Man “Always Love That One.” Rolle calling out Favre are you serious? Come on now if Tjack can beat the shit out of the Cardnials then I’m pretty sure BRETT FAVRE can. And too all you Green Bay, Detriot, and Chicago fans..haha pack your vacation gear early cuz its pretty easy too say the Minnesota Vikings will once again be crowned NFC Champions! On another note..is 300$ per ticket for 1st row end zone seats viking vs packers game Monday nite too much? Cuz I just bought them! Always love that one!

  39. purpleguy says: Aug 20, 2009 11:24 AM

    Certainly Lord Favre is now contmplating slinking back to his garden tractor in Mississippi to avoid the dreaded onslaught of a defensive player now timed with a sundial rather than a stopwatch. As Ryan said in NY, if you need crap like that to motivate you, the other team is probably going to kick your ass.

  40. CanadianVikingFan says: Aug 20, 2009 12:08 PM

    LOL Antrel Rolle maybe you should concentrate on stopping anyone in the pass game or the run game. You let Tarvaris Jackson throw 4 tds on you! 4 tds and there were 0 ints. Plus you also let AP run for 144yrds plus Taylor with an additional 66yrds.

  41. Kidekk says: Aug 20, 2009 1:34 PM

    How is it purely racial? Listen to the interview. They asked him what he thought about Favre coming back, he said that they’re going to have to get him back for what he did to them last year. Because other black players are happy that Vick is back in the league, and I’m sure there are white/spanish/somoan players who are happy as well, does not mean that Rolle, who made no mention of Vick in the interview, is saying that because Favre is white or is happy that Vick is back in the league. Favre threw for six TDs that game. If you have never played sports or aren’t just pulling that statement out of your ass (I also like how you refer to black players as “brothas” in your post about racial “overtones,” when it’s actually “undertones” when the supposed racism is subtle), that’s the mentality that every person who loses, badly, has. It’s like when players mark a certain date on their calendar. Wasn’t one of Brett Favre’s stated reasons for coming back to get revenge on the Pack? The way he can do that is by throwing a lot of TDs and winning the game. The way Rolle does it is by hitting people hard and intercepting passes because he’s on defense. That’s one of the stupidest things written in the past few days, and there have been some really stupid things written by some people on this site. What did Mike Vick do to the Cardinals last year? If you’re going to say he killed dogs, just because Rolle or any other player doesn’t feel the need to get revenge on him when he did nothing to them, like throw six TDs against them, doesn’t mean he’s saying it because he’s white. Or should no black player ever say anything about a white player and vice versa?
    And you’re example of black players being happy that Vick is back in the league has nothing to do with this argument. Do you know why they’re happy he’s back in the league? Could it be for pure selfish reasons, like they want to see Mike Vick play again because he was, without a doubt, the most entertaining player to watch in the NFL, and they wonder if he can still do it? Actually think about what you’ve written, and stop trying to look for reasons to say that Rolle is saying it because he’s white. If Vick destroys them in a game (I don’t even know if they play them, but I guess they do since they played in the conference finals), and then the next time they’re going to play them he is asked about playing Vick again and says something about different, then you can make the claim, which would still be weak. I would be like me saying that Florio is a racist because he made the comment about Wade not talking about a potato, but didn’t say anything about Allen’s comments about Favre “firing missles.” It would be asinine, and me looking for racism when there is nothing there. Much like you just did.

  42. Jackal138 says: Aug 20, 2009 3:25 PM

    “I’ve seen/heard hardly any Vick-bashing. All you Favre-Nay-Sayers should be up in arms about Vick bringing a “dirty stain” into the NFL.”
    Uh, are you serious? Try clicking on the comments section of ANY Vick story, asshat. Twist your panties out of a bunch and be a real man. “But, but, but… Vick!”
    I guarantee Vick will be lighting up defenses this season long after Brett is benched due to his rotator cuff.

  43. MNFANINAZ says: Aug 20, 2009 3:33 PM

    The NFC west is merely filler for the NFL playoffs.

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