There are probably two players that suffered the most at the hands of the Saints despicable bounty hunter program, Brett Favre and Kurt Warner. Favre was quoted in Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback column over st SI.com, and two things strike me about Favre:
1) He's pretty damn magnanimous about everything that went down
2) He's one of the toughest sumbitches that ever played the game
First, the magnanimity. When asked about how he felt about the whole thing, Favre replied:
"I'm not pissed,'' he 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.
But he also knew early on that something was up, as did even the most casual fans who were watching the game that day. I had forgotten about the vicious hit to the chin that Favre received after handing off to Percy Harvin in the first quarter that was flagged, but yeah, it was a cheap ass shot. As the game wore on, Favre says:
"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 took a hard hit on almost every play in that game, and the that goes back to his toughness. I remember him saying he thought his ankle was broken after one play...yet he went back out and played, and played well.
Say what you want about favre, but I doubt there was another quarterback on the planet that could've taken that beating and been standing at the end of it.
The fact that he'd still be willing to play with Jonathan Vilma amazes me, because personally, I'd be a little more vindictive.
I hope Roger Goodell hammers the *.