It’s not the first time we’ve heard retirement and Brett Favre’s named mentioned in the same sentence but it will be the last because the Green Bay legend is calling it quits after a brilliant 17-year NFL career. The fan favorite was always known for his passionate play, team leadership, and rocket of an arm. The Packers not only lose their veteran quarterback, but an amazing team player who would sacrifice his body day in and out to win.
“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 message.
This announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise to everyone around the NFL because Favre is coming off one of his better seasons. Over his career, Favre was a three-time league MVP, set the all-time NFL record for career TD passes and won a Super Bowl in 1997. He will one day be enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame and always be remembered as a class act on and off the field.
Last year, Favre surpassed Dan Marino’s record for most career touchdown passes and most yards passing. He also broke John Elway’s record for the most career victories by a starting quarterback.
A look into his career stats, he retires with 5,377 career completions in 8,758 attempts for 61,655 yards, 442 touchdowns and 288 interceptions.Favre also extended his quarterback-record streak of consecutive regular-season starts to 253 games last year, which illustrates his trademark toughness. If you were to add the playoffs, his streak would stand at 275 consecutive games.
Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson thanked Favre for his 16 years of service and wonderful memories with the team.
“The Packers owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude,” Thompson said on yahoo.com. “The uniqueness of Brett Favre his personality, charisma and love of the game— undoubtedly will leave him as one of the enduring figures in NFL history.”Thanks for the memories Brett. The NFL and all its fans will miss you.