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Postby BlueBandit24 » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:33 am

As a Vikings fan this does not break my heart, but I have a lot of respect for Favre and he had a great career. Best of luck in his post-football career.

Link: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7870 ... t-a-career

The most storied quarterback career in NFL history is coming to a close.

FOXSports.com has learned that legendary quarterback Brett Favre has decided to retire. In fact, it's believed he informed the Packers of his decision within the last few days, although it's unclear when Favre and the team will make his decision known.

So barring an unforeseen last-minute change of heart, Favre will leave the game after 17 years, during which he built himself into a household name and a figure synonymous with grit, toughness and perseverance.

Neither GM Ted Thompson nor head coach Mike McCarthy returned several calls left by FOXSports.com for confirmation.

After flirting with retirement for the last few years, Favre will finally go out on the heels of one of the best seasons of his career.

He led the Packers to the NFC Championship Game after passing for a stunning 4,155 yards, looking very much at times like a younger version of himself. In addition he threw 28 TDs — including an overtime Hail Mary pass to beat Denver in front of a national audience — and had a 95.7 quarterback rating. He was also voted into the Pro Bowl following the 2007 season but declined to go.

Favre leaves the game as the all-time record holder in several categories including wins, passing yards, touchdowns and consecutive games started. A three-time MVP, The southern swashbuckler won fans over with his carefree style that epitomized the "gunslinger" moniker and made fans out of everyone from the guy next door to those already enshrined in Canton.

If in fact, Favre does not have a change of heart, his final pass of a Hall of Fame Career was an interception by the Giants' Corey Webster, setting up New York's overtime win in the NFC title game.

For the last few years, the question of whether or not Favre was going to retire has been the most debated topic during the off-season. Two years ago he let his decision linger as reports both that he was returning and that he was retiring emerged. In fact, at one point he was supposedly going to announce his retirement at his charity golf tournament. Of course, those reports ultimately proved to be false.

Then after his final game of the 2006 season, a tearing and emotional Favre appeared on national TV and seemed to be bidding the game adieu. But once again, he had a change of heart and came back for what proved to be one heck of a final hurrah.

This time, Favre has made his decision and will likely make it publicly known soon. However, like in the past, Favre could wake up any day now and decide to change his mind, although that doesn't seem likely at this point.

The team will now shift to Aaron Rodgers, a former first-round pick, who has had few opportunities to play since being selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2005 draft. But when Favre was injured in a Thursday night game against Dallas this past season, Rodgers looked pretty good in relief. The former Cal star completed 18 of 26 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown — the first of his career — and nearly rallied the Packers to the win.
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Re: Favre Retires

Postby deerayfan072 » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:34 am

This sucks
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Re: Favre Retires

Postby treat24 » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:35 am

job well done favre... ;-D
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Re: Favre Retires

Postby moochman » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:45 am

Dang, I didn't see that coming. The John Madden suicide watch begins today.
While I applaud any player who can leave while there still looks to be alot left in the tank, I think Favre could have had another season or two left in the tank. GL in retirement, Brett. You will be missed. Thanks for so many great memories.

Downgrade every player on the Pack should Brett stick to his retirement.
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Re: Favre Retires

Postby SLAMLLC » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:54 am

I just heard the news. The Pack was headed to the post season again this year. I guess he just got tired of the grind. All good things must end. Good luck Bret.
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Re: Favre Retires

Postby knapplc » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:57 am

I'll believe it when the season starts and he's not in uniform. He's said this before and still played the following season.

If it's true, A) I'll be glad that jerk retired, because he and he alone is responsible for probably half the victories the Pack has against the Bears during his career, and B) I'll really be sad to see one of the truly great QBs of all time finally call it quits.

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So yeah, I'm a little on the fence on this one. :-b
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Re: Favre Retires

Postby Humpback » Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:08 am

I'm a big fan as well (it's hard not to be), but I have lost a bit of respect for him over the past couple of years. If the rumor of the "final straw" being them not getting Moss is true, that's weak IMO. The team got to the NFC Championship game last season without Moss, and Favre himself was a huge reason why they lost that game. They have one of the best WR groups in the NFL without Moss.

I'm also in the "I'll believe it when I see it" camp. If he's really done, thanks for the memories- can't wait to see Madden cry on national TV!
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Re: Favre Retires

Postby TGM » Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:40 am

Humpback wrote:I'm also in the "I'll believe it when I see it" camp.


Likewise, I'm not going to be convinced he's done until an official announcement and/or a press conference occurs. I'm just shocked he's decided to hang 'em up after one of the better seasons he's had in recent memory. It's obvious he can still play at the pro level. And, the Packers were so close last year, you'd have to think they'd be favorites to challenge for the NFC again this season.

Just doesn't make much sense to me. But, I'm sure there's a lot going on behind the scenes that I have no clue about. So, if this is true, I tip my cap to one of the most courageous and entertaining QB's to ever play the game. He is/was the epitome of a gunslinger. And, I really just admired that about him.
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Re: Favre Retires

Postby Metroid » Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:46 am

Yeah I'll believe it when I see Aaron Rogers under center to start the season.

If it is true thanks for the memories Brett, you were a special type of QB we may never see the likes of again. ;-D
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Re: Favre Retires

Postby WickedSmaat » Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:49 am

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