Posted at 1:29 PM on May 28, 2009
by David Zingler
MISSISSIPPI - One day after Fran Tarkenton labeled Brett Favre's actions in 2008 as "despicable" during a radio interview in Atlanta, the former Packers QB hit back.
"Me, despicable?!," Favre shouted. "Losing 3 Super Bowls, now that's despicable. And none of them were even close!"
The war of words between the two NFL legends escalated when Favre challenged Tarkenton to, "Come down here and get a closer look at my Super Bowl ring", before thrusting his left middle finger - adorned with a Super Bowl XXXI championship ring - into the air.
"The only reason the Vikings want an old guy like me," the 39-year-old continued, "is because losers like (Tarkenton) couldn't take the team all of the way. Now they need me to pick up the slack."
Favre refrained from addressing any of Tarkenton's allegations specifically and said only, "I've always been an up-front guy. If Tarkenton or anyone else has something to say, they should say it to my face or shut up."
Tarkenton, who led the Vikings to 3 NFC titles during the 1970s, could not be reached for comment.
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