Brett Favre’s Bountygate game jersey is up for auction

New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings, 2010 NFC Championship
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This is not Detroit, it’s an auction.

The jersey worn by former Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in the notorious Bountygate game is up for auction, just over 13 years after New Orleans defeated Minnesota in the NFC Championship that eventually prompted a protracted brouhaha between the league and the Saints.

The current bid is $8,000.

The auction runs for 22 more days.

The Saints won the game 31-28 in overtime. During the contest, Favre was battered and bruised by a New Orleans defense that allegedly had extra motivation from the promise of cash for knocking Favre out of the contest. Some illegal hits against Favre were called, some weren’t.

The scandal resulted in one-year suspensions for Saints coach Sean Payton and Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was the alleged mastermind of the plan. The league attempted to suspend multiple players. After legal wrangling, Commissioner Roger Goodell agreed to delegate the in-house determination of the punishment to his predecessor, Paul Tagliabue. In a stunning rebuke to Goodell, Tagliabue overturned the player suspensions, reasoning that bounties were part of the cultural realities of the NFL at the time, and that singling out one team for significant punishment was not the appropriate method for changing that culture.

Regardless 0f whether the hits on Favre were part of an effort to make some side money or were motivated by a desire to, you know, advance to the Super Bowl, the Vikings nearly won. Favre threw an interception late in regulation, at a time when the Vikings were in field goal range.

The Saints then won the toss to start overtime, drove down the field, and secured the victory with a walk-off field goal. The outcome prompted the first changes to sudden-death overtime, preventing the team with the first possession in the extra session from winning with a field goal.

More recently, Favre has become embroiled in a welfare scandal in his home state of Mississippi. He has been sued but not criminally charged. His reputation, already undermined by allegations of misconduct while with the Jets — and a $50,000 fine imposed by the league for failing to cooperate with the investigation — has taken a major hit.

Thus, even though the jersey has historical significance to the sport, why would anyone at this point want to pay thousands of dollars for a Brett Favre jersey? Currently, someone is willing to fork over $8,000. It will be interesting to see how high it goes.

30 responses to “Brett Favre’s Bountygate game jersey is up for auction

  1. I’ve never seen that picture of Favre with his arm around Payton’s shoulder after the game. In hindsight he probably wishes he would have just choked him out.

  2. Denver should have done more research on Sean Payton. People like him have no business being a part of the NFL. Maybe the NBA or NHL.

  3. Whatever the outcome of his legal battles…the real question is what will think about him 20 years from now? Will we even remember his shady dealings or his cannon for an arm? I am truly asking because if it’s the latter, a game worn jersey from a hall of famer for $8k might be worth it for the purchaser’s cigar room.

  4. Not true. The 12-men on the field penalty from the FB put them OUT of Ryan Longwell’s Fieldgoal range, which is why Favre had to force a pass to someone to get a first, and he couldn’t run because his ankle was destroyed from the littany of illegal hits (hi-lows that weren’t called).

  5. Why? Maybe because he was one of the most dynamic and exciting and flat-out fun players ever to put on an NFL uniform, arguably the toughest. Oh and hes got the MVP’s a Super Bowl ring and a Gold Jacket, so yes, there are football fans that would probably want that Jersey, incredible as it may seem.

  6. Total yards Vikings 475 Saints 257, Turnovers Vikings 5 Saints 1. I know it gets remembered for other reasons but if Peterson hadn’t caught a case of fumblitus in that game the whole narrative of Sean Payton’s career would be totally different.

  7. Brett Favre belongs in prison with his jersey for theft from the poorest people in America. His name should not be mentioned without also mentioning his ‘alleged’ crimes.

  8. I don’t think a single football fan cares about some welfare scandal or his Jets tenure…Brett Favre is one of the top QB’s to ever play the game. His reputation is not remotely tarnished. This is coming from a Lions fan who clearly understands just how great Favre was.

  9. That’s a game I will never forget, seeing Favre get beat up. I’m glad the rules have changed for roughing the passer.

  10. Tagliabue was a boss who took care of the NFL far better than his successor. Loved it when he embarrassed Goodell. Tagliabue was a man that didn’t care what you thought of him. Goodell is an obscenely-paid piñata and pathetically vain. Such a little weenie.

  11. I’d rather have the one he was wearing when Corey Wooton sacked him on that frozen UM field.

  12. Remember folks. The NFL cares so much about player safety that Sean Payton still gets to coach!

  13. Lots to unpack here….

    To me, the aftermath of this game started the ‘participation trophy’ culture that we now find in the NFL. Go back to the 1990 NFC Championship and the crushing tackle by Leonard Marshall on Joe Montana that led Montana to miss the next two seasons (minus the last game of 1992, which he started). No penalty or fine, which was right. And the takeaway of the most thrilling part of the NFL – sudden death in the playoffs. Imagine the 1958 NFL Championship without it. Or the Christmas Day 1971 classic between the Chiefs and Dolphins. Not to mention that the main reason Tagliabue lifted the suspensions agains the players (ignored in the writeup) was that he found no credible evidence agains the players, given that the allegation was made by a Saints employee fired for misconduct unrelated to this whole thing. Plus the fact that Tagliabue was called in b/c the players union insisted on an independent review of the suspensions against the players, as was their right by contract, and got it. Coaches don’t have any such rights, so Goodell got to play judge, jury, and executioner against Payton. The Vikings had a great team. But they turned the ball over six times in that game (four fumbles by Adrian Petersen alone). the 1981 49ers had six turnovers in the NFC Championship and still managed to win. it happens

  14. “Bountygate Game” What a joke. If you don’t think other teams were, and still are, doing that, you’re crazy.

  15. Bounties have always been there and they’re still there today.

    That game was horribly officiated.

    That said, plenty of games are poorly officiated. If the Saints had played any other team, there wouldn’t have been all the wailing and gnashing of teeth. But-

    The purples did what they do best (cry- loudly) and Florio did what he does best (push a narrative with daily, if not hourly, articles, fanning the flames and eliciting the howls) and next thing ya know, the Saints are the dirtiest team that ever lived, simply for doing what every team has always done. And still does. And will always do.

    And if Minnesota would have had even a chance to land Sean Payton when they ousted Zimmer the purples, and Florio, would have lined up to bow down, kiss the ring, and beg for forgiveness.

    Or if Gregg Williams becomes available for DC…

    I just can’t stand the blatant hypocrisy of it all.

  16. If I recall correctly, there were fumbles by Adrian Peterson, Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, and 2 Favre INTs.

    Vikings had the ball for 38 minutes in that game against 22 for the Saints.

    Turnovers, the big equalizer, kept MN from their first Super Bowl title. They would have rolled Peyton & the Colts.

  17. Not to mention an OT dropped pass called complete, a 4th down run short of the line marked 1 yard ahead in OT, and a phantom PI on Leber.
    The Vikings had issues, but if you watch the OT drive by the Saints to win, Brees was choking and the refs dragged the Saints to FG range.
    The Saints later got screwed by a non PI call against the Rams in 2018, but the point is it shows how powerful the NFL is that they overtly control outcomes, and fans just take the Marcellus Wallace basement gimp treatment with no recourse to fair play.

  18. Eight grand seems a modest price to collect a significant piece of memorabilia from the NFL’s most notorious cheater & scoundrel. As any collector knows, infamy ages well.

  19. I think I’m going to bid on that jersey. Do you think Paul Allen would sign it for me? What about Tracy Porter?

  20. Water under the bridge, but I gotta admit a bit of extra enjoyment in watching the anguished look on Payton’s face after the two subsequent playoff games the Vikings beat the Saints, particularly the Minneapolis Miracle win. . . . . By the way, that first Favre year was an absolute blast.

  21. Are we sure Favre isn’t broke?


    Stealing from a welfare fund
    Seemingly accepts endorsement deals from any one for any product no matter how shameless.
    Now selling game worn apparel for relatively small amounts of money

  22. philmccracken says:
    February 3, 2023 at 2:29 pm
    Maybe we could get Chilly to sign it 12 times.


    Looks like someone has gone to the Aaron Rodgers “look at me school” 🤣

  23. Folks seem to forget the aftermath in which Tagliabue and a court said it was all garbage.

    That was a clean game. The penalties were called that should have been. Go back and watch the Vikes chose to go play action and quick slants in the face of the blitz so yes Favre got hit as he threw but that wasn’t cheating. The Vikes could’ve kept a player back to pick up the blitz but they chose to go for the yards then cried later.

    The Vikings always have an excuse for why they lose a big game, bountygate, Giant stole their signals, etc.

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