Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/3/12

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)

Retired quarterbacks Brett Favre and Kurt Warner weren't especially troubled to learn that the New Orleans Saints defensive players may have had a little extra incentive to injure them.

"I'm not (angry)," Favre told Sports Illustrated after the NFL reported that the Saints conducted a "bounty" program. During this program - which lasted from 2009-10 - players were given monetary bonuses for hurting opponents.

"It's football. I don't think anything less of those guys," he said. "Said or unsaid, guys do it anyway. If they can drill you and get you out (of the game), they will."

For his part, Warner wasn't convinced that he was being targeted for injury.

“I don’t want to say that there was an attempt to injure, but I definitely think there were games where I could tell you that it seemed that they went beyond what was normal in regards to when they were going to hit me or how they were going to hit me,” Warner told NFL Network on Friday.

“Again, not with the intention, necessarily, of hurting me, but again, knocking me out of my game to get me to think about things differently, and if by chance they hit me and knock me out of the game, maybe that’s a benefit for them."

Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams - who now hold the same position with the St. Louis Rams - issued an apology for his role in the program.

"It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it,” said Williams, who is now the defensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams.

“Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again."

A lengthy investigation by the NFL's security department confirmed the program on Friday, which was in place for the past three seasons and funded primarily by the players.

Williams implemented the program, in which a player would receive $1,500 for a "knockout" hit and $1,000 for a "cart-off" the field hit.

"The payments here are particularly troubling because they involved not just payments for ‘performance,’ but also for injuring opposing players,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “The bounty rule promotes two key elements of NFL football: player safety and competitive integrity."

Saints players also received bonuses for fumble recoveries and interceptions, a violation of league policy on non-contract bonuses. The league said 22 to 27 players participated in the program.

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