Report: Brett Favre submits retirement papers to NFL
News of Favre's retirement should always come with a complimentary grain of salt. This time, though, it seems more likely that he will permanently vacate the premises after a disappointing, injury-plagued 20th season.
In early December, he said, "I'm done, I'm done" and, when asked if he meant it this time, replied: "I remember the same question, the first part of the year, everyone said, 'Well, ....' I said, 'Time will tell,' but like I said, I'm done. I'd love to, as I said when I came back I'm here to win a Super Bowl, we had big expecations, it hasn't gone the way we hoped up to this point, but again, my career speaks for itself. I think it's been a great career. I don't know how the remaining games will unfold but that's it."
After leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC championship game last year, Favre, 41, was coaxed into returning this summer by teammates. Instead of advancing a step further, the Vikings went 6-10. Favre was bothered by a procession of injuries and his NFL-record string of consecutive regular-season starts ended at 297 games last month. If the report is accurate and his intent sincere, Favre would have finished his career with a brief appearance in a "Monday Night Football" game in which the Chicago Bears knocked him out with a concussion.
Off the field, Favre was constant tabloid fodder. He was investigated by the NFL for alleged sexual harassment of Jenn Sterger (by sending lewd photos and inappropriate voice-mail messages) when both were with the New York Jets in 2008. Favre later admitted to leaving the voice messages; the NFL fined him $50,000 for not being forthright with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Recently, two former Jets massage therapists filed suit against him and last week, his sister was arrested.
| January 17, 2011; 11:50 AM ET
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