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Favre’s ex-teammates blast ‘best’ comment

October 28, 2009 by  
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’96 Packers vs. ’09 Vikings

Favre’s ex-teammates blast ‘best’ comment

By Lori Nickel of the Journal Sentinel
Oct. 28th, 2009

Green Bay — “Physically, and from a talent level, this is the best team I’ve ever been on.”

That’s what Brett Favre said a few weeks ago about his Minnesota Vikings.

And fans in Wisconsin dusted off commemorative programs, pulled out VHS tapes, arched an eyebrow with a little attitude and thought, “Brett, all due respect, but are you for real?”

So you can imagine what his 1996 teammates think.  

Reggie White might take exception to Favre's comment that this Viking team is better than the 1996 Packers

Reggie White might take exception to Favre's comment that this Viking team is better than the 1996 Packers

The Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl after the 1996 season with Favre playing in his MVP prime and with the Minister of Defense, Frankie, Chewy, LeRoy, Free and the Gravedigger. They got big-time performances from starters and backups, top draft picks and castoffs. They dominated on defense, did what they pleased on offense and were kept in check by an all-star cast of coaches.

Today’s 6-1 Vikings are good, and running back Adrian Peterson is the man. Favre kindly backed off his statement by saying he wasn’t trying to slight his ’96 team.

But his old mates sure seem to have good memories, and they had plenty to say about comparisons between the two teams and Favre’s “homecoming” to Lambeau Field on Sunday.

LeRoy Butler, safety: “To say that the team he’s on now, after seven games, is better than the ’96 team – that’s just preposterous. Not only did we have the No. 1 defense in 1996, but we had No. 1 special teams.

“I bleed green and gold so much. I don’t want somebody to beat my team. This is my team. I played 181 games, I was there before Brett, before Reggie White and Ron Wolf and everybody. This team means a lot to me, so when somebody calls up on the radio show: ‘Brett Favre is the one that turned everything around’ – it’s almost a disrespectful slap in the face.”

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