Brett Favre Retiring After 17 Seasons


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FOX Sports first reported Tuesday that the Green Bay Packers quarterback informed the team in the last few days. said that according to Favre’s agent the quarterback told coach Mike McCarthy of his decision.

The team did not immediately confirm or deny the report. An assistant to Packers general manager Ted Thompson said he was in meetings all day but would release a statement later Tuesday morning.

The news was a surprise to at least one of Favre’s teammates. Most players expected Favre to return after a successful 2007 season.

“I just saw it come across the TV,” Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson said, when reached on his cell phone by The Associated Press.

The 38-year-old Favre, a three-time NFL MVP and one of the NFL’s grittiest players, has made his annual flirtation with retirement a winter tradition in Wisconsin. He has taken weeks and even months to make his decision after recent seasons, with Cheeseheads hanging on his every word.

But unlike the final game of the 2006 season—when Favre provided a cliffhanger by getting choked up in a television interview as he walked off the field in Chicago, only to return once again—nearly everyone assumed he would be back this time. They were wrong.

Only two years removed from perhaps his worst season, Favre had a resurgence in 2007. He broke several career records. Among them was Dan Marino’s career mark for career touchdown passes. He powered the Packers to an NFC North title and a 13-3 regular-season record and earned his ninth Pro Bowl spot.

Surrounded by an underrated group of wide receivers who proved hard to tackle after the catch, Favre had a career-high completion percentage of 66.5. He threw for 4,155 yards, 28 touchdowns and only 15 interceptions.

It was a remarkable turnaround from 2005, Favre’s final season under former head coach Mike Sherman, when he threw a career-worst 29 interceptions as the Packers went 4-12.

Given Favre’s career resurgence, it was widely assumed that he was leaning toward returning for the 2008 season.

He even said as much just before the Packers’ Jan. 12 divisional playoff game against Seattle, telling his hometown newspaper that he wasn’t approaching the game as if it would be his last and was more optimistic than in years past about returning.

“For the first time in three years, I haven’t thought this could be my last game,” Favre told the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald. “I would like to continue longer.”

Those comments sent premature shock waves across the state—all the way up to the governor’s office, where the political version of a false start was committed.

“Like all Packer fans, I am thrilled that Brett Favre will return to action next year for the green and gold,” Gov. Jim Doyle said in a statement. “Brett Favre’s tremendous work ethic and willingness to go out and play hard every day represent the true spirit of Wisconsin. I am hopeful that with this announcement behind us, Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers can focus on the task at hand: defeating the Seattle Seahawks.”

The governor’s office later amended the statement to say Doyle was “excited to hear Brett Favre talking about returning to action next year.”

It was another example of the state’s fascination with the future of its favorite quarterback.

Favre then finished the season on a sour note, suddenly showing his age in the Packers’ 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship game.

Favre struggled in subzero temperatures, throwing an interception on the Packers’ second play from scrimmage in overtime to set up the Giants’ game-winning field goal.

After that game, Favre was noncommittal on his future. McCarthy said he wanted Favre to take a step back from the season before making a decision. But it was widely assumed he would be back.

“I think he’s going to come back,” Packers receiver Donald Driver said in early January. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes back. He’s having a great year, so it’d be great to see him come back if he decides to.”

Retiring Packers chairman Bob Harlan figured Favre would be back, too.

“Yeah, I think he’ll be back,” Harlan said, on his final official day as the Packers’ top executive. “And I felt that way the last couple years, when we’ve had these long debates about it. I just think he’s such a competitor that as long as he feels he can compete, he’s going to keep coming back.”

Still, in the week leading to the playoff game against Seattle, Favre said his injuries were starting to linger.

“I’m not getting any younger,” Favre said. “I wake up some days and think I can’t even touch my toes. I think about that. I think, well, next year is not going to be like some refreshing, awakening season where all of a sudden you’re going to feel great. That’s not going to happen.

“I carry some of these things with me that maybe you wouldn’t see. I tend to dwell on them, at least internally, more than I used to. I don’t write them off as quickly as I used to.”


The Packers will miss you Favre.
Its a shame they didn't go to and win the Superbowl then.
I was hoping they would do it.
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CantGetAWii said:
Its a shame they didn't go to and win the Superbowl then.
I was hoping they would do it.

Though I'm not a Packers fan, I was also hoping for them to go to the Superbowl.
Meh, I dont really care about packers. GO GIANTS! WOOH THEY WON IN YOUR FACE PATRIOTS!

Btw- Manred empty your mailbox.
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Sparx said:
Meh, I dont really care about packers. GO GIANTS! WOOH THEY WON IN YOUR FACE PATRIOTS!

Btw- Manred empty your mailbox.

FYI, Favre was also named one of the greatest Americans of All Time, I think it was number 51 or 50.

Also, I can't empty it because I'm using a proxy, it won't let me.
Was there a specific reason why he quit?

Btw- Do you mind if I put your name on the Asian one?
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Sparx said:
Was there a specific reason why he quit?

Btw- Do you mind if I put your name on the Asian one?

He's just too old for the game. He's had so many injuries and now they are starting to catch up to him.

and no I don't mind.
Poor guy, he was actually pretty good.

Btw-I like your location and thanks.
Well i wish him good luck in his future and he was one of the best.

But its about time he split. Now my Vikings can take the division :lol:
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When was the last time they went to the Superbowl or have they not gone yet?

Edit: 900th Post! Woot!
Off the top of my head they have been to 2 and lost them both...but all i got to say is "AP"...rookie of the year, already broke the single game rushing record and lookin for more.
Bliss you really like sports dont you?
:lol: yea i love sports...cant go a day without watching a game or highlights of some sport
Lol I can't go a day without playing a sport.

Btw-Check your requests and PMs.
Thanks for everything Brett!!! Rodgers will still help us win the division, but Favre will go down in history as one of the greatest EVER!!!