Brett Favre has indicated that he is leaving the game for good this time by filing retirement papers with the league. Although this is only a procedure and its not the first set he has put in, this time it looks like he is giving up for real.
This action not only starts the clock ticking towards him picking up his NFL pension (not that he needs the money), but more importantly for potential election to the Hall of Fame.
Sadly his 20 year career ended on a big low as he finished with only 11 touchdowns in 13 games. Admittedly he was not helped by the turbulent off field shenanigans at the Vikings and by the lack of wide receivers, however a career-low 69.9 passer rating (the third-worst in the NFL) and 19 interceptions are not the stats he will want to be remembered by.
Although most of his success came at the Green Bay Packers he also enjoyed a winning season at the NY Jets and a great 2009 season with the Vikings where he took them to the NFC Championship game, where they were unlucky losers to the eventual Superbowl champions the New Orleans Saints.
With his all-time record 297 straight regular-season starts and a host of other records which will be hard to beat, he looks a near certainty for the Hall of Fame sooner rather than latter.
All we can say is thanks for the memories Brett and enjoy your well earned retirement.
- Brett Favre To Retire: Brett Favre Retirement To Happen in 2011 (nowpublic.com)