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PostSubject: Favre Retires   Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:07 pm

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre has decided to retire.


"I know I can still play, but it's like I told my wife, I'm just tired mentally. I'm just tired," Favre told ESPN's Chris Mortensen in a voice mail messasge.

"If I felt like coming back -- and Deanna [Favre, his wife] and I talked about this -- the only way for me to be successful would be to win a Super Bowl. To go to the Super Bowl and lose, would almost be worse than anything else. Anything less than a Super Bowl win would be unsuccessful," Favre said in the message.

"I know it shouldn't feel unsuccessful, but the only way to come back and make that be the right decision would be to come back and win a Super Bowl and honestly the odds of that, they're tough. Those are big shoes for me to fill, and I guess it was a challenge I wasn't up for. "

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

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.


"I talked to Brett this morning and I told him 'nobody forced you to make this decision to retire, but the flip side is nobody encouraged you to play,'" Cook told Mortensen. "Two years ago, Ted [Thompson, the Packers' GM] encouraged him to play, but there was nothing this time around from them offering encouragement or him to come back."

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 on Tuesday, Favre said the Packers' lack of pursuit of Moss was not the driving reason why he retired.


"This is not about the Packers and who they got or who they didn't get. I get along fine with [Thompson] and I get along great with [McCarthy]. Do I agree with them all the time? No. But the bottom line is, none of that stuff affected my decision," Favre said.

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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PostSubject: Re: Favre Retires   Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:39 pm

He finally retires lol. He's been one of the greats of the NFL and the league will miss him. Hopefully for Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers can prove he was worthy of a first round pick.
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PostSubject: Re: Favre Retires   Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:41 pm

Rogers is gonna have to prove that beacuse they were a super bowwl calier team this year so he is gonna have to step it up next year.

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PostSubject: Re: Favre Retires   Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:24 pm

That's true Ref...
Favre is gone..............for now........lol.
Didn't he change his mind about 47 times last season?
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PostSubject: Re: Favre Retires   Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:38 pm

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That's true Ref...
Favre is gone..............for now........lol.
Didn't he change his mind about 47 times last season?

no you must have "misheard"-to quote roger clemens. lol. it was only 45.5 times last year.

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PostSubject: Re: Favre Retires   Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:43 pm

Right now, I'll guarentee that the Packers will still have a winning record next year. One thing Rogers has going for him is that he has a spectacular team around him. Top 15 D, great o-line, good young receiver corp. and an emerging star in Ryan Grant.
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PostSubject: Re: Favre Retires   Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:11 am

ya i think they will still pretty good next year with rogers

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PostSubject: Re: Favre Retires   Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:41 pm

Yeah, Rogers couldn't have walked into a better team realistically. They have a great group of trench players, awesome WR's, strong D in all. Heck, they even have a good young kicker. lol
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PostSubject: Re: Favre Retires   Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:26 pm

And he's had like three years of experience.
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