Not only has Fran Tarkenton taken on the great Brett Favre, by calling the Vikings interest in him “despicable”, but he’s now moved onto ESPN analysts. After his comments on Tuesday, Marcellus Wiley called Tarkenton a “grumpy old man”, and the former QB decided to lay into the analyst. Via Sports Radio Interviews….
“Marcellus Wiley, who is trying to parlay a minimal football career into still making more money. This grumpy old man is 69 years old, I own six businesses, I’ve built 16 over the years, I’m paying my taxes, I’ve started two new businesses, we’re hiring more people, we’re not laying them off, we’re not cutting their salaries — we’re increasing their salaries, and in this society we are productive when so many people are not productive. I’m not playing croquette down at Orlando at the Villages, I’m not playing golf every day, I’m out there as a 69 year old … making money out of sports or with sports — I’m creating and building businesses from the ground up: that’s this grumpy old man.”
Now that’s a comeback, and definitely hilarious. It’s rare that people get to respond to comments made about them on ESPN, so good for Tark to say something. Especially when he’s speaking in the best interests of the Vikings.