Brett Favre – Open Mouth, Insert Foot
Nope, it isn’t the 1996 Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers that featured Reggie White, Keith Jackson, Antonio Freeman, Sean Jones, LeRoy Butler, etc., etc. It’s this year’s version of the Minnesota Vikings – at least that’s what he told us earlier this week.
Not surprisingly, there were quite a few WTF reactions to that comment, and now Favre – ever the astute, well-spoken media darling – is trying to explain himself after catching some heat for the comment.
Brace yourself, because in typical Favre fashion, this is rambling, back-and-forth explanation.
“Well, you know, of course I caught a lot of heat for that,” he said. “What I meant by it is no different than what I said three years ago, going into my last year in Green Bay, where I said this is probably the most talented team coming up that I’ve ever played on. It had nothing to do with what we did in ’96 and ’97 and ’95 and all those years. All I was saying is, from a talent standpoint, this team, I think, is the most talented. I think with this team here, I would say the same thing. If you look at it from an outside point of view, all the pieces, for the most part, are in place. In ’96, I would have said the same thing. You always have injuries and you plug people in and things like that.
“We’d played together for several years there going into that ’96 year. Yeah, we had Reggie White, we had Keith Jackson, Mark Chmura, and Edgar [Bennett], and Dorsey [Levens] and Antonio [Freeman], Frankie [Frank Winters], LeRoy [Butler] and guys like that. That was a damn good football team. This football team, me included, has a long ways to go to be compared to that team. But, I think the pieces are in place. That doesn’t guarantee anything. There are a lot of teams that could probably say that across the league.
“I’m not saying that this team is better than ’96, the team that I played on. I’m saying that this team has every bit as much potential. Now, we still have to go a long, long ways to get there. But that’s all I’m saying, is that this team has, for the most part, got all the pieces in place. It’s a good group of guys. I said this the other day, that the chemistry is a work in progress and it’s getting better. That’s what the ’96 team had that I played on. We had great chemistry. Part of that was we had played together for a few years. So we’re trying to jam that in, I’m trying to fit into this puzzle. It’s easy to say we’re 5-0, and obviously I’m fitting in and things are going well. Yeah, but we’ve got a long way to go to reach that team.”
Just to summarize what Brett said here: “blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, Vikings, blah, blah, blah, Packers, blah, blah, blah.”
And there you have it, folks.
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