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Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:08 am
Edited on: March 5, 2012 12:18 pm
Favre got leveled more than once against New Orleans back in 2009. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

At the heart of BountyGate (and I'll personally pay someone $10 to knock that name out of play) is the 2009 NFC Championship Game, when the Saints beat Brett Favre and the Vikings. As reported by's Mike Freeman, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma offered up $10,000 for anyone who knocked Favre out of the game.

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You'd think that news might upset Favre, but he told Sports Illustrated's Peter King that he was "not pissed" and that he respects Vilma as well as then-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

"I'm not pissed," Favre said. "It's football. I don't think anything less of those guys. I would have loved to play with Vilma. Hell of a player. I've got a lot of respect for Gregg Williams. He's a great coach. I'm not going to make a big deal about it. In all honesty, there's a bounty of some kind on you on every play. Now, in that game there were some plays that, I don't want to say were odd, but I'd throw the ball and whack, on every play. Hand it off, whack. Over and over. Some were so blatant. I hand the ball to Percy Harvin early and got drilled right in the chin. They flagged that one at least.

"I've always been friends with Darren Sharper, and he came in a couple times and popped me hard. I remember saying, 'What THE hell you doing, Sharp?' I felt there should have been more calls against the Saints. I thought some of their guys should have been fined more.''

Favre did say, however, that he was glad the "truth comes out" now with respect to how the Saints behaved on the field, although he wouldn't exactly be compelled to serve as a witness in a court of law.

"Now the truth comes out. That's good. But that's football. The only thing that really pisses me off about the whole thing is we lost the game. That's the thing about that day that still bothers me. And that's the way it goes. If they wanted me to testify in court about this, they'd be calling the wrong guy."

It would be interesting to see whether or not Favre would meet with Roger Goodell, though. It's unlikely he would, and as a retired player, it's also unlikely Goodell and the league could compel him to take a trip to New York anyway.

But it's not like they have to: replays of the game against the Saints show countless instances where Favre took late shots. They were deemed "aggressive" at the time, but with the knowledge that there was a five-figure bounty on knocking Favre out, "malicious" seems like a better description.

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Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2012 6:44 pm

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

I think the investigations should go even further in this incident and, should start to include Referee's.  When those late hits were being levied, "flags should have been thrown"!  Why do I get that uneasy feeling that Paytons henchman Mike Ornstein could have had the mission to bribe Officials with cash money handed to him.  Its just a thought and opinion but nonetheless it could explain why flags were not thrown on those late hits.  We can also remember the Vikings pass rush was twice as much as the Saints could endure and holding was evident yet, no flags thrown there and if there were it was limited at best.
What Goodell needs to do is investigate the Referee's for corruption ASAP !

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:34 am

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

I do remember he got slammed pretty good in that game.

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:27 pm

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

#4 got his just rewards that year. Let's remember, coming off the heels of sexting his junk to some Jets massage therapists, that preseason, he went low on one of the Texans' DB and the player tore his ACL. A low hit in the preseason no less.... Seems like justice to me.....

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:04 pm

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

It's easy to say he is not pissed NOW, but during the game even Brett said the hits were constant and coming after every play.  But what if Brett's knee had been collapsed on or his throwing arm hit or twisted enough for an injury.  I would think he would be changing his comments.  What if Sharp had really injured him...would he still "be a fan and friend". 

Honestly, I believe in playing hard.  In my football and baseball days I always played harder against my friends, but I always played CLEAN.  It earned me their respect and that was almost as good as the win (if we had lost that game).  The game score has long since been forgotten, but the comments of "hard play" from my opponents are in my memory forever.

I hope to see Peyton and Williams sitting the bench for half the season in 2012.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:02 pm

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

You just repeated what I said in a different way. 

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:33 pm

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

Farve is the man

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Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:37 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:31 pm

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

I believe the idea of a bounty is terrible, but this is also being overblown.  If the refs make the proper calls during the game, and the league makes the correct decisions on fining or suspending players for their actions, then it really doesn't matter if there are bounties or not.  At the same time, promoting dirty play should not be tolerated, especially if it is done by a coach.  Whoever sets up a bounty (Williams in this case) should be punished as well, whether it be a fine or a suspension.  But talk about being suspended for a season or more, or losing a first round draft pick, is over the top.  That is my whole problem with the NFL- they are throwing flags, fining players, and suspending players (like James Harrison) who are mostly making hard, clean hits, but somehow allow late and low hits on QBs to go unpunished.  Anyone who has ever played, coached, or referreed football can obviously tell when there is intent to lay a hard, clean hit, and when a player is doing something cheap with the intent to injure.  The NFL is handicapping defenses and effecting the way the game is fundamentally played, yet still allows for cheap shots with the intent to injure to go on.  In this way, they are weakening the game, and getting no positive result at the same time.

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