A few weeks back former Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton caused a stir with his critical comments on Brett Favre’s potential return to the NFL with Minnesota. Now, another Hall of Fame quarterback is echoing some of the same things Tarkenton said about Favre wanting to play for an arch-rival of his longtime team, the Green Bay Packers.
“I don’t know why he wants to do it,” Dawson told Yahoo! Sports at the NFL’s rookie symposium. “What has he played, 18, 19 years? He’s relatively healthy. I assume he has all the money he needs. What made him what he was is what’s inside him, how he loved the game. To me, he’s picking some teams I don’t understand. To be in Green Bay all those years and then go to Minnesota, that will arouse a lot of people. … This is a strong rival, not just a rival.”
Dawson played 19 NFL seasons — Favre has been in the league for 18 years — and he spent the majority of that time with the Kansas City Chiefs. It was Dawson who helped lead the Chiefs to a 23-7 victory over the heavily favored Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Dawson made it clear to Yahoo!’s Jason Cole that he wouldn’t have jumped to one of Kansas City’s biggest rivals.
“Why? It’s a game. Why revenge? I don’t know all the circumstances about what happened in Green Bay. … Look at how much money they wanted to give him to stay home,” Dawson said, referencing the marketing agreement the Packers offered Favre to stay retired last year. “A lot of money. It’s not a bad offer, but he didn’t need the money. There was something else and that’s probably what spurred him.”