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May 6, 2005

sharper Speaks Out

In a telephone interview on Thursday, darren sharper condemned Brett Favre for his comments on the current javon walker hold-out situation. The former Packers strong safety was overtly critical of the 14-year veteran and future Hall-of-Famer. Not only did sharper question Brett’s right to voice his opinion on the hold-out matter, but also went on to accuse him of conspiring with Packer’s management against his teammate. sharper claims that Favre’s disapproving comments on walker’s hold-out “rubbed him the wrong way. In fact, they rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.” While sharper did not (or could not) name names as far as people who were “rubbed the wrong way,” he did assert that many of those offended by Brett’s comments were current Packer players.

“My reaction is, it’s none of his business,” stated sharper. “javon’s a grown man … besides, it’s not like Brett’s ever been in that position, so he can’t say what he would or wouldn’t do. He’s never been undervalued – so how is it his place to say what javon should be doing?”

It seems to me that there are a couple of mistakes with those forthright comments. First of all, darren sharper is no longer a member of the Packers organization. So it seems rather hypocritical to refer to the situation as “none of (Favre’s) business.” If sharper really thinks (as he stated) that this hold-out situation is “between the player and the team,” then it should be obvious to him that his comments were unwarranted and tactless. Considering walker is one of Brett’s most productive receivers, the hold-out is clearly an issue of concern for Brett and his team. Aside from being the Packer’s leader on the field, Favre has a responsibility to lead his young team off the field as well. It is not only Brett’s business to make his opinion heard, but also his duty to set an example for the rest of the players on the team. sharper is once again mistaken in his assertion that Favre has never been undervalued, considering the year that Chris Miller started over him in Atlanta. This shows a situation in which Favre was clearly undervalued, as Miller couldn't quite manage twenty thousand passing yards or one hundred starts in his illustrious ten year career.

"Players" like darren sharper and javon walker are ruining the NFL. The arrogance of these players is appalling, and they have no respect for the game. What gives sharper the right to accuse Favre of abandoning his "teammate?" walker won't even show up for practice, and has made no recent effort to support his "teammates" in any way. Favre is simply making it clear what he expects of his teammates, and what he considers an appropriate course of action for the current situation. sharper himself recently abandoned his teammates of eight years for their arch rival and a few more bucks. I think sharper and walker need to reassess their idea of a team, and show some respect for both veteran and rookie players alike. It is time for walker to fulfill his contractual obligation to the Packers and the city of Green Bay, and it is time for sharper to concentrate on his new team and teammates. If this pattern of conceit continues, there will be no incentive for Hall-of-Fame players like Favre to return for another season, since they couldn't be sure of who they are playing with, or who is going to throw the next egotistical fit.

Posted by abai0001 at May 6, 2005 5:19 PM | off-season

Comments

It's really hard to feel sorry for players in the NFL. Mostly, they're be babies. And so, I'm not surprised by Sharper's comments. I gotta believe that most fans were pumping their fists in the air as they read Favre's comments. Walker had one good season and he wants to renegotiate? What if he had a bad season? Would he offer a return/refund? Ain't gonna happen, Bub.

Posted by: hawk at May 10, 2005 5:07 AM

Agreed. I heard a comment that Rosenhaus said thaat Favre was in the same situation. Maybe so, but there was never a holdout or a threat of a houldout on Brett's part. Also, ow many times has Favre asked to restructure his contract and make it more cap friendly to be able to sign the people needed to make a run at the Super Bowl. It seems that in today's NFL, one's word means nothing. You sign a contract, have one good year, then think that it is your God given right not to honor your word. Javon, get your head in the game, finish your congtract, then stand on your performance for a new and better deal, or get yourself out.

Posted by: Mark at May 13, 2005 7:57 PM

I heard a story about Vince Lombardi in which a wide reciever of his came to his office in search of a new contract. Lombardi asked the man and his agent to wait, then returned ten minutes later. When the reciever asked what his decision was going to be, he replied, "Oh, your in the wrong city, I just traded you to Philadelphia." We need some more of that old school attitude today. I say trade Walker if he demands a new deal, we need defensive help anyway. No player that values a new contract over the success of the team belongs in Green Bay, and does not deserve to play there.

Posted by: steve at May 17, 2005 4:27 PM

Thank you Darren for calling Brett Favre out! Someone asked you what you thought about the comments and you gave your OPINION! It does not mean that everyone would agree with it. You have been the nicest football player while playing for the Pack. Always talking to the media when they needed one of you all to talk after a win of a loss...not to many guys in professional football want to do that. Remember folks, GB got rid of him not the other way around. He loved us here, and we should be happy for him, no matter what. He Never played for the money but gave his all to GB whether it was a good season or not. You All know that he wasn't GREEDY for money. Ruining the NFL...That's a joke! WE sure didn't think that when he played here for nine seasons. I think it's just Jealously that he went to our rival team and it doesn't feel so good! Let's be honest. You all should see what other fans of football are saying about this situation. Even some guys in the NFL dislike Brett's involvement in another persons contract dispute...even some with the Pack who would never say it out loud. NO, he is not a member of our team anymore, but he was asked a question and he answered it! People keep saying how GREAT the GB fans are, but we sure are not acting like it. Darren was KIND to all of us. I'll miss him with GB, but I definitely will be happy for him.

P.S. Aaron Rodgers probaly will have Brett's job by season's end. Brett: Why did I throw so many interceptions against the Vikes in that darn playoff game?

P.S.S. Let someone at our jobs/career get in the middle of our money/raise dispute and see how we would conduct ourselves!!!! We didn't think about that did we? Please, Please do not give up on Javon.

Posted by: Wren at May 22, 2005 3:41 AM

I don't see how expecting walker to honor his contract makes Packer fans worse fans. It seems to me that it could only make them fans with morals and integrity. I just don't understand how anybody can sympathize with javon. I mean, he's a young guy with a lot of years left in the NFL. Why doesn't he just continue to perform at a pro-bowl level, and then shop around for a lucrative contract. How does this make him look to other teams that might be interested after his contract is up? In terms of sharper, it makes no sense to praise him for his comments. Its easy to put other people down when you're not involved in the situation in any way. It took some balls for Brett to say what he did, and I can promise you that most Packer fans have nothing but respect for Brett AND his comments.

Posted by: steve at May 24, 2005 3:00 PM

This Packer shit is boring. I did find your blog through a search, but I thought this was some official Packer blog...not created by some kid who has nothing else to do. But, the Packers do rule my world and I wish I could have sex with Brett Favre.

Posted by: Kelly at May 27, 2005 11:04 AM

Javon Who? The guy had one good year and now he thinks hes in the likes of the top 5 best receivers in the Game. I cant stand him because I have seen him interviewed and I remember him saying hes just happy to be in the NFL playing for the Best Team in the League, and all this what turns out to be BS now. As far as I am concerned hes a joke and can go somewhere else becasue we dont need these personalities in GB. I used to think he was a class act, now I think hes a piece of trash. I hope to God the Packers dont give in.

I wish I could demand more money in my contract for my job if my numbers were better than expected, thats not the way life is, or should I say thats not the way life is for the good blue collared people of Wisconsin. We are hard working people who stand by our word and contracts. Therefore it realy grinds at our integrity to see a weasle like Walker and Rosehaus crying on TV. Ship him outta here he is a JOKE and a cancer to the Pack.

Posted by: Jason P #87 CC Red at July 22, 2005 3:52 PM

Thank you for your comments Jason. You seem quite angry with javon for his recent decisions. I completely agree that the Packers should not give in to his selfish demands, but I'm not sure if we should write javon off yet. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how long he keeps this ridiculous act up.
Then again, who knows what kind of impact he could have next season anyway. I doubt his teammates will have the same amount of respect for him after this fiasco. I am just tired of hearing about this cry baby garbage in the NFL. We give these players out UNDYING loyalty year in and year out, and they can't even honor a contract they signed? And on top of that, it seems like javon is having an adverse effect on other players on the Pack (i.e. Najeh, big Grady, Bubba, and so on...). Maybe all of this fame and attention is a bit too much for javon to handle at this point, hopefully he'll mature a bit and surround himself with some more savory characters in the future.

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