The Green Bay Packers announced Tuesday morning on their website that Brett Favre will retire after 17 record-setting seasons.
This comes just days after packers.com posted a story that Favre would retire.
“Brett Favre has informed us of his intention to retire from the Green Bay Packers and the NFL,” Packers general manager Ted Thomson said in a statement on the website. “He has had one of the greatest careers in the history of the National Football League, and he is able to walk away from the game on his own terms -- not many players are able to do that.”
“The Packers owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude. He has given Packers fans 16 years of wonderful memories, a Super Bowl championship among them, that will live on forever. Brett’s many accomplishments on the field are legendary. He leaves the game holding virtually every career passing record, plus his consecutive starts streak, which may never be duplicated.”
“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.”
Amid a flurry of earlier reports about Favre’s retirement, the Biloxi Sun-Herald cites that Favre’s brother, Scott, made the announcement. Brett Favre reportedly informed the team about his decision over the past few days. There was also a report that Favre’s agent, Buss Cook, confirmed that Favre told Packers coach Mike McCarthy of his decision Monday night.
Brett Favre was chosen for nine Pro Bowls and is a seven-time All-Pro selection. (AP) Also Monday, the New England Patriots agreed to terms to re-sign wide receiver Randy Moss, a player Favre was pushing the Packers to sign, a year after the quarterback tried to convince the team to trade for Moss before the Patriots made a draft-day deal with the Oakland Raiders.
The news was a surprise to at least one of Favre’s teammates. Most players expected Favre to return after a successful 2007 season.