Hovan still popping off
By Laura Veras Marran
Date: Aug 1, 2003
Minnesota defensive tackle Chris Hovan arrived at Vikingsâ€™ training camp in Mankato, Minn., this week with a few new additions: two new tattoos and a Brett Favre jersey in his locker. For a guy who was relatively unknown until he tried to mix it up with Favre, Hovan sure had a lot to say to reporters.
â€œA lot of people are going to say bad things about me, but Iâ€™ll take an insult from a Hall of Famer anytime,â€ Hovan said, referring to his shouting match with Favre last during the Packers victory over the Vikings last November.
â€œI donâ€™t know, he might be going through a mid-life crisis or something,â€ Hovan said of Favre. Hovan hung a Favre jersey in his cubicle in the Vikings practice facility.
â€œI think itâ€™s a great motivational tool,â€ Hovan said of the No. 4 jersey. â€œHeâ€™s a Hall of Famer. Look at me, man, Iâ€™ve got long hair and tattoos, but I love me and thatâ€™s all that matters.â€
As for Favre, donâ€™t expect to see Hovanâ€™s jersey anywhere near the Packersâ€™ lockerrom. Favre wonâ€™t be looking to the Vikings defense line for any motivation.
â€œI didnâ€™t put up anything in my house, my wife wouldnâ€™t let me,â€ Favre joked. â€œLike I said before, Hovanâ€™s a great player, Iâ€™d love to have him on my team, but he needs to get a life and have some kids and get a life outside of football.
Five, six years from now heâ€™ll say â€˜What an idiot I was,â€™â€ Favre said.
Hovan would be hard-pressed to disagree.
â€œThe guy calls me an idiot â€“ yeah, Iâ€™m an idiot,â€ Hovan said. â€œI donâ€™t need Brett Favre to tell me that.â€