It seems as though, the long career of NFL star Brett Favre is finally coming to a close, after 20 seasons.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed with FoxSports.com on Monday (January 17) that the Minnesota Vikings quarterback had filed his retirement papers with the league, following through on his announcement at the end of this season.
“I know it’s time, and that’s OK. It is,” Favre said earlier this month after the Vikings season-ending loss to the Detroit Lions. “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.”
Still, its not 100% a done deal, as seen before. The 41-year-old NFL great has filed retirement papers previously, as most know, and could request reinstatement at any time.
Favre announced retirement plans in 2008 with the Packers and 2009 with the Jets, only to join the Vikings and play two more years.
His most recent season was a disaster, plagued with injury, controversy, and a losing record.
Favre led the Vikings to the 2009 NFC title game in one of the most memorable seasons in the franchise’s 50-year history. But his second season in Minnesota couldn’t have gotten much worse, and seems to be his last run at a ring. Even the Vikings can’t see themselves asking Favre to come back.
“I cannot think of any circumstance of where I would pick up the phone and say, ‘Brett, do you want to come back next season?’ ” Leslie Frazier said earlier this month when he was elevated to full-time head coach. “I can’t think of any circumstance where that would occur.”
Favre was selected in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by Atlanta (33rd overall), and was traded to Green Bay on February 10, 1992, where he spent the bulk of his career and won a ring at Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots.
Throughout his 20-year career, he was NFL Champ two times, named the NFL MVP by the Associated Press three times, has been selected to 11 Pro Bowls, and holds multiple records and career achievements.
However, in his final season, Favre was accused of sending lewd pictures and messages to Jenn Sterger, a former Jets sideline hostess. In the end, he was fined $50,000 by the NFL for failing to cooperate with the investigation.