This is the time of year for traditions. And there has been no finer tradition over the last few years in Minnesota than former Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton ripping current Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.
Tarkenton spoke with 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia Wednesday for a special holiday ripfest.
“It’s absolutely selfish,” Tarkenton said of Favre’s start on Monday night, via Kevin Seifert of ESPN’s NFC North blog. “With Brett Favre — he talks about the team, and I’m for the team and I want to play for my home fans and my teammates. It was Monday Night Football last week. He hadn’t had enough publicity in the last week.
“He had been on the bench for two weeks. It’s not right. He ought to take himself out of the equation and say ‘This is not best for the team.'”
Tarkenton said that Favre has set the Vikings franchise back the last two years. And will continue to the next couple of weeks.
“If you guys are lucky, he’ll try to play again this week and you’ll beat him 40-10,” Tarkenton said to the Philly hosts. “Joe Webb has more of a chance to beat you than Brett Favre.”
Thanks for the free NBC Sunday Night Football plug, Fran. Merry Christmas!