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83-Steelers-43
03-04-2008, 08:37 AM
Favre tells Packers he's retiring
ESPN.com news services
Updated: March 4, 2008, 10:41 AM ET

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that according to Favre's agent, Bus Cook, Favre informed Packers coach Mike McCarthy of his decision Monday night.

Mortensen said in a phone message Favre left for him Tuesday morning, the longtime Packers starter said he felt worn down by the demands of the game, adding that he and his wife Deanna thought anything short of a Super Bowl title would be a disappointment and not worth the mental wear and tear.

A sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer, Favre, acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons, led the Packers back to the NFL's elite. He retires with 5,377 carrer completions in 8,758 attempts for 61,655 yards, 442 touchdowns and 288 interceptions, passing Dan Marino's touchdown mark last season.

As a player Favre was known for his durability, his willingness to take risks and turn broken plays into big gains, as well as for the way his love for the game was evident in the way he played. He went to a pair of Super Bowls in 1996 and 1997, winning it all on his first try in Super Bowl XXXI, and was named to nine Pro Bowls.

Cook said as of Tuesday morning, there were no plans for Favre to hold a news conference.

Favre, who returned for the 2007 season when many thought he should have left the game, had a career renaissance in his final season and led the Packers to the NFC Championship Game, where they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in overtime.

Favre passed Marino for the all-time completions record in 2006, and in 2007 set NFL records for wins by a QB, touchdown passes, pass attempts, pass yards and interceptions in 2007. He claimed the NFL record for career quarterback wins with his 149th victory in Week 2, passed Marino for the TD record in Week 4 and overtook Marino's career passing yards record in Week 15.

Mortensen reported that Favre, who wanted the Packers to obtain Randy Moss when he was a free agent last season, had once again pushed for Moss to join the Packers. Favre had spoken to Moss late last week and was willing to commit to more than just this season if Moss and the Packers could come to an agreement. But the Packers did not pursue Moss, who re-signed with the Patriots on Monday.

In his voice mail message to Mortensen, Favre said the Packers' lack of pursuit of Moss was not the driving reason why he retired.

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 in 2007. 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."

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3276034

TackleMeBen
03-04-2008, 08:48 AM
cant say that i am surprised. they did lose a few players to FA. at least we wont have to go thru the whole spring/summer waiting for his decision.

good luck to him in the future. he was a great qb.

fansince'76
03-04-2008, 08:50 AM
Kinda surprised he would go out on the note he is - basically he was the goat of the NFCCG.

83-Steelers-43
03-04-2008, 08:55 AM
After the team's stunning performance last season (going 13-3) and it ending on a sour note (for Favre in particular), I am surprised he's going out on this note.

Oh well, more power to him and I wish him all the best. I loved watching him play. The guy was a professional through and through. They don't make enough like him anymore.

TackleMeBen
03-04-2008, 08:56 AM
Rodgers to Favre
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u251/beautifulgirl427/favre0531.jpg

its about time you called it quits. i was tired of holding that clipboard.

lamberts-lost-tooth
03-04-2008, 08:58 AM
I always appreciated how Favre was able to remain "himself "

He never fell into the trap of thinking he was better than anyone else..never became an "elitist"...Tom Brady should have taken notes.

TackleMeBen
03-04-2008, 09:00 AM
I always appreciated how Favre was able to remain "himself "

He never fell into the trap of thinking he was better than anyone else..never became an "elitist"...Tom Brady should have taken notes.

that would have been too hard for brady.. he only gets things that are on video..lol :flap:

HometownGal
03-04-2008, 09:12 AM
Kinda surprised he would go out on the note he is - basically he was the goat of the NFCCG.

Me too. I thought he would give it one more season. Brett Favre is the consummate professional and when he was made, the mold was thrown away. Good luck Brett - we'll miss you and thanks for the great memories! :cheers:

PisnNapalm
03-04-2008, 09:30 AM
About freakin time.... Sorry, but I still think the Packers should have cut him 2 years ago. Hell... even the 49'ers knew when Montana was done.

If Favre really wanted to help his team, he'd stick around as the backup and help Rogers step into the starting role.

Whatever.. Rogers has been sitting idle on the sidelines for too long.

rbryan
03-04-2008, 09:39 AM
Sounds like Favre is just pouting because the Packers didn't go after Moss again. It wouldn't surprise me if he changes his mind in a few days.

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-04-2008, 10:00 AM
Rodgers to Favre
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u251/beautifulgirl427/favre0531.jpg

its about time you called it quits. i was tired of holding that clipboard.

EXACTLY!!!

Not surprised. Favre has nothing more to prove, he has his SB, his records, his legendary status in GB and his health.

Time for the Rogers era in GB.

stlrtruck
03-04-2008, 10:08 AM
Good Luck Favre - you've been a class act

klick81
03-04-2008, 10:11 AM
Well, i'm suprised. I thought he'd be giving it one more shot, but it shows wth I know. Anyway, it does look like he didn't like the fact that the Packers didn't attempt to obtain Mossy.

polamalu82
03-04-2008, 10:35 AM
Brett Favre was the life blood of the Packers. They won't be the same now that he has retired. I'm sure it's a sad day in Green Bay. Good luck Brett.

Mamaduck43
03-04-2008, 10:41 AM
I am so saddened by this news.... I, too, thought he would hang in for another season..... He is an amazing QB and he will be missed - - - not only by Packer Fans.....

Dino 6 Rings
03-04-2008, 10:45 AM
Wow, I really thought he'd go for it one more season. I guess he was upset that the front office just wouldn't get any more offensive talent, regarldess of Moss, he needed a "stud" WR to at least throw to, Brady had 3 this year, Manning has 2 - 3 every year, Ben has 2 studs to throw to, Romo has a Stud, it kind of shows you as a QB you need that stud to really get over the hump. Even EIi has a go to guy in Plax. Rivers had go to guys, Jags are signing go to guys. That more than anything had to play into Bretts decision. No help from the front office.

Loved watching Favre play, big fan, wish him the Best, First Ballot Hall of Famer.

TackleMeBen
03-04-2008, 11:43 AM
wonder if the pack will offer him a FO job???????:wink02:

Dino 6 Rings
03-04-2008, 11:53 AM
The guy has been GREAT for the game of Professional Football. No Doubt About it. Bottom line, first ballot hall of Famer, top 10 QB of all time, debatable in the Top 5. Great QB and Great Player.

The Duke
03-04-2008, 01:40 PM
dammit!!

wish you the best gunslinger

#1 for me forever

OneForTheToe
03-04-2008, 01:52 PM
Good luck Brett. He along with Bradshaw and Elway were the ultimate in gunslingers. They threw passes into spaces they had no business throwing and completeted them more often than not. I don't think Brettthought this Packer team was all that good. He made a number of comments to the point during the season about how surprised he was at how well they were doing. Brett has been around long enough to know that it is not far from 13-3 to 8-8, and probably wanted to go out on a high note.

Good for Brett - a true classic gunslinger.

BTW, just a warning, that is not a Goodyear blimp you might see looking as if it is crashing to the ground, it's actually John Madden jumping from the tallest bulilding because his man-crush has now retired.

lilyoder6
03-04-2008, 01:57 PM
rodgers is prob throwing a party right now since he can actually start a game..

19ward86
03-04-2008, 02:09 PM
i hope favre becomes a coach. "Hey Favre!, there is a bag of kudos waiting at the steelers QB coaching job position."

fansince'76
03-04-2008, 02:14 PM
BTW, just a warning, that is not a Goodyear blimp you might see looking as if it is crashing to the ground, it's actually John Madden jumping from the tallest bulilding because his man-crush has now retired.

BOOM! :toofunny: :toofunny: :toofunny:

Big D
03-04-2008, 04:02 PM
I think i'm the only one in america who could care less. This retirement stuff is old news. 3 years of beating this dead horse. I'm glad it's finally over

TackleMeBen
03-04-2008, 04:48 PM
I think i'm the only one in america who could care less. This retirement stuff is old news. 3 years of beating this dead horse. I'm glad it's finally over
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u251/beautifulgirl427/horse.gif

Dodt
03-04-2008, 05:30 PM
i hope he has good luck in retirement. and for the love of god don't join madden in the booth.

Newzfoxjr
03-04-2008, 05:32 PM
Ah, that sucks. I thought he'd give it one more try. But it is interesting to see what the Packers will do without him.

Rhee Rhee
03-04-2008, 05:52 PM
(fast forward to week 16 of next season)

"...and the Packers lose another one 32-6 to the dreaded Minnesota Vikings... and fall to an NFL worst 2-13..."

Preacher
03-04-2008, 06:01 PM
I have nothing but respect for Favre. I liked how he dealt with issues. I liked how he manned up about his addiction to pain killers and hit it head on. I liked how he played hard through good times and bad.

He took too many risks with the football for my tastes... but 2 SB's... well, those were the rewards.

Good luck. God Bless. I hope that family has better luck.

___________________________

oh yeah, and I am fully aware that there is a 50/50 chance that he will be in training camp this spring.

RoethlisBURGHer
03-04-2008, 06:52 PM
WOW, the NFL won't be the same without him.

The Aaron Rodgers era has begun, until Favre shows up in camp this summer.

Godfather
03-04-2008, 09:43 PM
This is a bummer...I expected him to come back because he has a good team around him and this will end his career with an interception in a crucial situation.

Brett's awesome. I live a few miles from where he grew up and have met his mom, brother, and sister.

TheWarDen86
03-04-2008, 09:48 PM
It's going to be strange not seeing #4 behind center, but if anyone's earned their retirement, he has. Good luck Brett! Thanks for some great football! :cheers:

beSteelmyheart
03-04-2008, 10:00 PM
My opinion of him changed when I saw the interview when he claimed "it wasn't his job" to help Rogers. Whatever.
Imagine if Bettis had that same attitude.

Elvis
03-05-2008, 05:43 PM
I hate the fact that Favre had to end his run with a loss myself. This guy is a standup citizen that all NFL Players should look up at. This guy plays hurt and never complains about the injuries that he has suffered. Some players will not play if they have a broken fingernail or a little backache or sore ribs... This man is the Cal Ripken of the NFL... Just a class act and I will truly miss the guy.
:hug:

fansince'76
03-06-2008, 09:03 PM
Kind of a downer to watch: Favre's Retirement Presser (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/ver/256.0/popup/index.php?cl=6832511)

devo_17
03-06-2008, 10:34 PM
Brett Favre will be missed by anyone who appreciates football. He had respect for the game and respect for everyone who played it. He even respected it so much that when it wasnt fun anymore he retired. He has plenty of money but never dresses like it. He has plenty of awards and never acts like it. He cared more about winning than anyone in the NFL now does. In a time where everyone is looking to make the extra dollar and go play somewhere else it is a relief that there are still some guys that know the definition of commitment. I know Im going to miss watching him run around the field like a 12 yr. old, throwing an interception that a High School QB wouldnt even throw, but it was always something different. Good Luck to Brett but screw the Packers!!!

sherlock
03-06-2008, 11:48 PM
I`ve been watching some Brett Favre videos on nfl.com and it was great to see some of the early film.
Last season was my first as an NFL watcher and seeing a youthful Favre bought a smile to my face.....he wasn`t always a grizzled grey hair!
He was a true warrior and I hope he has a happy retirement.
I wonder if he will get into coaching?

83-Steelers-43
03-07-2008, 03:35 AM
I wonder if he will get into coaching?

I'm hoping he does TV. The guy knows the game inside and out. It would beat watching some of the idiot's ESPN have hired in the past and some of the idiot's they continue to hire.