The rumor that has been floating around for several post-seasons has finally been laid to rest as according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre has finally decided to retire; based on information provided by Favre’s agent Buss Cook, Favre informed Packers head coach Mike McCarthy of his decision Monday night. Cook also said that Favre does not expect to hold a news conference in reference to his retirement.
Mortensen also reported that Favre, who had wanted the Pack to go after Randy Moss when he was a free agent, had once again pushed for the team to pursue Moss; Favre had spoken to Moss last week and was willing to commit to more than this coming season if Moss and the Packers could have come to an agreement. But the team did not pursue Moss, as Moss signed with New England on Monday.
Favre, who will most certainly be a first-ballot Hall of Famer during his first year of eligibility, was known for his toughness and durability, his willingness to take risks and turn broken plays into big gainers, and his obvious love for the game was apparent during his 17 year career – all but one with the Packers, with his rookie season being spent with the Atlanta Falcons. He leaves the Packers with 5,377 career completions in 8,758 attempts for 61,655 yards, 442 touchdowns and 288 interceptions, passing former Miami Dolphins great Dan Marino’s touchdown mark last season.