Favre Files Retirement Paperwork With NFL, Again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Don’t believe Brett Favre is finally done?

Well, NFL’s all-time leader of almost every major passing mark has at least filled out the forms.

Favre has made another move toward leaving the game for good by filing retirement papers with the league, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Monday.

This is merely a procedural matter, to start the clock on a player’s pension and Hall of Fame eligibility. It’s worth noting, too, that Favre has done this before, only to change his mind. Retired players can request to be reinstated at any time.

But the news, first reported by Fox Sports on its website, was another sign that Favre’s thrill-filled 20-year career has come to an end, as he repeatedly insisted throughout a painfully disappointing 2010 season for the Minnesota Vikings.

The 41-year-old threw for only 11 touchdowns in 13 games and was intercepted 19 times, finishing with a career-low 69.9 passer rating that ranked third-worst in the NFL among qualifying quarterbacks.

His body took quite a beating, getting knocked out of three different games while dealing with injuries to his elbow, foot, chin, neck, back, ribs and calf — plus the sprained throwing shoulder that ended his all-time record streak of 297 straight regular-season games started. Then he suffered a concussion in what wound up being his last game, on Dec. 20 against the Chicago Bears.

“I know it’s time, and that’s OK. It is,” Favre said after the season finale. “Again, I hold no regrets, and I can’t think of too many players offhand that can walk away and say that. Individually and from a team standpoint, it was way more than I ever dreamed of.”

After years of waffling, Favre cried as he announced his retirement from the Green Bay Packers in March 2008. With the Vikings interested but the Packers unwilling to let him join their rival, he was traded to the New York Jets.

Following one season there, he declared he was done again in February 2009. The Vikings wooed him back to the field that summer, though, and they rode his renaissance performance — 33 touchdowns and a mere seven interceptions — to the NFC championship game. After needing another summer of persuasion to return in 2010, however, Favre wasn’t the same and the Vikings slumped badly to 6-10 while going through all kinds of drama.

So now Favre has headed home to Mississippi, presumably for good as his two-year contract with the Vikings is expiring. Favre’s official website even sent out a marketing e-mail blast over the weekend, advertising a “Thanks for the Memories” poster for sale. A portion of the proceeds go to the Favre 4 Hope Foundation, which helps disadvantaged and disabled children and breast cancer patients.

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  • Bubba

    Who Cares?

    • Sarah M.

      My first exact thought to…………….Who Cares!

    • Tough Stanley

      I care, I think Favre is an outrageous showman, always sending women pictures of his dong to drive them wild. His hilarious antics will be sorely missed!

  • Dexter Haven

    Wait a minute Bubba, What about…………You are right – WHO CARES?!

    • mick

      Wait Dexter, there’s that…forget it, who cares.

      • keasha

        mick, how could you forget….huh? oh i cant remeber, except expensive tickets prices.

  • The Crux of the Biscuit

    Who Cares?

    Favre departs as the career leader in yards passing (71,838), touchdown passes (508), attempts (10,169), completions (6,300) and interceptions (336).

    Hall of Fame Career, best QB you may ever get to watch play the game. The guy was fun to cheer for and against.

  • Pete

    Did he text them a picture of his junk and invite the secretary who files his paperwork to come to his hotal room later? His massive ego will not allow him to go away quietly.

    • PluckyU

      Pete – did you get slighted now?????? Sound mighty sad and blue you do. Shut your eyes and imagine that …. lol

  • The Crux of the Biscuit

    Best QB you will ever see play the game….

    • BostonRob

      Definetly in Top 5. Maybe even the top – one helluva a joy to watch when he was healthy.
      Hats off ta ya Favre …….. enjoy the life you earned.

  • K.

    Since he loves football so much, he should consider coaching. He would have a lot ot teach young quarterbacks from his experience.

    • Hannah

      I agree! I think he would be a good head coach….maybe for the Vikings or is the Vikings head coach that we have now permanent?

  • Susan

    I agee It is time for him retire. The body and mind can only take so much. He did a lot for the game of football. I am a football fan because Favre and Favre alone. Today I follow many players and teams. Thanks Brett. I hope you find contentment in your retirement. I look forward to hearing from you on ESPN as an analyst, even if it is only occasionally.

  • Hannah

    I think it’s for the best! He should have gone when Childress left but the Vikings don’t really have a good quarterback now or for that matter a good receiver! Maybe they should start over again except keep Jared Allen! Maybe we could get Aaron Rogers from Green Bay!

  • PatP says Good Luck Dude

    Hey all – he woulda left last year but the Hapless Purple tossed so much $$$$$$$$$$$$$ at him he sure couldn’t say no now.
    His run ended in 2009 when the clock ticked once again.
    Helluva run Brett – go spend all the Purple Money the way you see fit.
    BTW: I wish you could convince the rest on that Mutt Squad to join you

  • Al

    Deja Vu, Where have I heard this before?

    • Ben Likes This

      never filed papers Al … that seals the deal. Which is why we always knew he might be coming back in past. Done now

  • Goodbye 4 Ever

    He just posturing to avoid training camp a bit early this year. After going home to an empty house (wife left over cheating), the dog may bite him, and his sister will need bail money to get out and move the other Meth lab, He will want to play again. Don’t hold your breath to make the ring of “Honor” at Lambeau Favre. The pics of Mr. Winky may have sown that up for good.

  • Andrew

    First – finally. Second – how long before he announces he has reconsidered? Even the article’s author can’t take it seriously.

  • JackieM

    It’s time. Good to hear this. Great quarterback… needs to stop waffling! :)

  • Big Dog

    He’s done because no one is going to pay the money he wants for a 42 year old injury riddles diva. His contract with the Vikings is done and not even they are dumb enough to resign him. The Vikings need to look for another QB.

  • Dave L

    How much longer are is the Media going to ride this Horse?? I mean come on, its over. No team would take him even if he wanted to play. No surprise here.

  • Dave L

    excuse me gramma

  • Barney

    Good. Only five more “retirements” to go…or is it just cats that have nine lives?

  • Pete J

    Funny how the 2 teams he played for prior are doing WELL thin year! (Jet’s/Packers Cound be the “Big Games” 2 teams even!!) With that logic…..MN will have a GREAT year next year, or the year after….or maybe after that….or after that? Hmmmm…….MAYBE…….COME ON SPRING! Pitchers & Catchers report in a little under 4 weeks!

    • Clint E

      MN will never have a great year w/o a brak-out year from a QB. The great ones few and far between. When he was healthy and young you folks never seen one as good. Not even ol’ Tark
      Gotta laugh – I got money says most of you ripping ol’ Favre here were kissing his rear end just last year. Come on now – ‘fess up. ;-)
      MN fans are so petty and fickle they make a real sports fan wanna vomit. Fair weather weinies who turn on them all. Including the Twins in years past …. fickle little childrem you be.

  • rosepickle

    It is time. Favre I hated you my whold life, UNTIL you came to the VIKES then i loved you. But It is time. You should def be a head coach your LOVE and KNOWLEDGE of the game is AMAZING!!!!!! Just wishin you Besr of Luck from St. Cloud. Love ya Brett!!

  • Common Sense up North

    How did Favre turn out with the “Wee Willy Winkie” pics and charges?
    With that pic, he could get disability.

  • Good Bye

    The last two teams to reject him have a chance to go to the Super Bowl this year. Maybe that speaks well for the third team to reject him.

    • Mark Loves Football

      @Good Bye — so did the Purple with him just last year. ;-) ;-)
      That faunted RB had more blame last year in everything than you could lay on Favre this year by himself. Open your eyes and see the light for a day maybe

      Thanks for many years of memoies Brett – I also hated your gut as an oponent but always admired your skills regardless. See you in the Hall …. soon I imagine. Great career dude!

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  • Leif

    so what if he changes his mind. If the owner of a team wants him, is everyones life so worthless that they are so hurt in some way if he tries to keep playing? Dont watch him if he’s bothering your pathetic life. If his team loses 50 to 49, Favre is blamed… should he play defense too… idiots wow! I wish detroit could still get him…

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