Brett Favre has officially filed his retirement papers with the NFL, likely ending his 20-year record-setting career. The news was first reported by Alex Marvez of FOX Sports.
Favre, originally drafted by the Falcons in 1991, played most of his career with the Packers (1992-2007) before going to the Jets (in 2008) and Vikings (2009-10) during his last three seasons. He won a Super Bowl in Green Bay following the 1996 season and was named Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America MVP twice. His name can be found in the NFL record book several times, as he is ranked first all-time in passing yards (71,838), attempts (10,169), completions (6,300), touchdowns (508) and interceptions (336); his consecutive starts streak was snapped on Dec. 13 after 297 games.
The way we see it
The retirement comes as little surprise, as injuries and poor play limited Favre's production in 2010, as did an off-field scandal. The only suspense will be next summer, as the rumors are sure to arise that he'd like to return to the NFL, as he did following "retirements" in 2008 and '09. But we suspect this actually is it for No. 4, who will be remembered as one of the most exciting QBs in the sport's history and also one of the most controversial.