GREEN BAY — The hottest topic of the summertime may no longer be the finality of Brett Favre’s retirement, but it still involves the former NFL three-time MVP.
During an interview with NFL Network’s Deion Sanders on Friday, Favre said he’s been frequently asked by those around him for his thoughts on the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal that’s led to a slew of suspensions of players and coaches, most notably a year-long ban for Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Favre’s name has been the most prominent to surface in the list of the Saints’ targets. It stems from the NFC Championship game on Jan. 24, 2010, between the Favre-helmed Minnesota Vikings and the Saints, who allegedly placed a $35,000 bounty to knock the then 40-year-old quarterback out of the game.
While Favre suffered an ankle injury in the game and tossed a game-changing interception in the waning moments, he didn’t miss a snap.
Despite being the Saints’ crosshairs, Favre said he’s indifferent to the ongoing bounty proceedings and his place in it.
“My feeling, and I mean this wholeheartedly, is that I really don’t care,” Favre said during Friday’s interview. “What bothers me is we didn’t win the game. And they didn’t take me out of the game. They came close, but a lot of people have come close. I’m too stubborn to come out. Plus, that was kind of a big game. I’m not going to sit the last three minutes. I’m going to go out there with bones sticking out of the skin, I’m going to finish it.”
The players involved in the Saints’ bounty scheme includes Packers defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, who played for New Orleans for two seasons and is currently appealing an eight-game suspension.
Opinions on the bounty scandal have varied throughout the league with Packers Hall of Fame running back Paul Hornung telling the Press-Gazette in March the NFL should “kick out” all parties who were involved.
You can watch a portion of Favre’s interview with Sanders here.