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Old 03-04-2008, 08:37 AM   #1
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Favre tells Packers he's retiring
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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."

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Old 03-04-2008, 08:48 AM   #2
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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.
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Kinda surprised he would go out on the note he is - basically he was the goat of the NFCCG.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:55 AM   #4
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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.
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its about time you called it quits. i was tired of holding that clipboard.
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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.
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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
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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!
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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.
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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.
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