Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 3/2/12

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17: Quarterback Brett Favre 4# of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Brett Favre was one of the opposing players targeted by the New Orleans Saints’ bounty program. The Saints particularly went after Favre during the 2009 NFC Championship Game, hitting him mercilessly and bruising him severely. Favre doesn’t hold a grudge against them, saying it’s part of the game.

“I’m not pissed. It’s football. I don’t think anything less of those guys,” he told SI’s Peter King. “Said or unsaid, guys do it anyway. If they can drill you and get you out, they will.”

Favre’s not stupid. He knows opposing teams are targeting him, and he’s right — that’s football. But again, paying players bounties goes against the spirit and integrity of the game, and that’s why the NFL is addressing it. It won’t stop defensive players from going after offensive stars, but it might stop the excessive/dirty hits.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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