Vikings fans quickly got used to seeing QB Brett Favre in a purple jersey during the 2009 season. But for 16 years Favre was the QB for Green Bay, and in those 16 seasons the rivalry between the Vikings and Packers continuously grew.
While Favre was certainly a major factor in the growth of that rivalry, new Hall of Famer John Randle was, too. The Vikings-Packers rivalry grew and it was largely a function of the rivalry that developed between Favre and Randle.
Numerous times throughout the 2009 season, Favre mentioned to reporters that it was nice to be on the good side of the fans inside Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome because for so many years he was forced to battle not only the Vikings defense but also a decided home-field advantage in Minnesota.
In commenting on Randle’s election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame today, Favre mentioned the rivalry that developed between him and Randle and also the role that Randle played in making Minnesota such a tough place to play.
“I’m happy for John and all the guys who earned a spot in Canton today,” Favre said. “They’re all deserving of the honor and should be remembered among the all-time greats to play the game. John and I had a lot of great battles over the years and I always respected him and considered him one of the most intense players we faced. He was nearly unblockable and he was a big part of what made playing at Minnesota so tough.”
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