The Star Tribune reports Brett Favre informed Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress that he will stay retired.
Childress confirmed to the Star Tribune the news of Favre's continued retirement. This leaves the competition open between Tarvaris Jackson and former Houston Texans QB Sage Rosenfels for the starting position. Favre had surgery in May to repair a torn biceps tendon that he suffered from last season.
"I just think it was a rare opportunity to explore a Hall of Fame quarterback who had background in the NFC and in this division," Childress said to the newspaper. "He knows our system inside out...This doesn't change anything about how I feel about our football team."
If this is indeed the end for Favre, he finishes his career with 5,720 career completions; 9,280 career passing attempts; 464 career TDs; 65,127 career passing yards; and 310 interceptions. He started 269 consecutive games (291 including the playoffs). He was a 10-time Pro Bowl Selection (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001-2003, 2007, 2008), 3-time First All-Pro Team Selection (1995-97). Also a 5-time NFC Player of the Year (1995-1997, 2002 & 2007) and 3-time Second All-Pro Team Selection (2001, 2002, 2007). He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1991 in the second round.
Favre went to Green Bay and played 16 seasons with the Packers. He won his first Super Bowl in 1997, when the Packers defeated the New England Patriots 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI. He won three consecutive AP MVP awards (1995-1997), last shared with Lions RB Barry Sanders, as one of only two NFL players (Peyton Manning) to do so.
Two months after the Packers lost to the Giants in the NFC Championship, Favre previously announced his retirement on March 4, 2008. Later, he was reinstated with the NFL on July 29, 2008. The Packers then traded Favre to the New York Jets on August 4, 2008, in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick. In his time with the Jets, they went 8-3 before a 1-5 collapse toward the end of the season. His best game was against the Arizona Cardinals (56-35, Jets over Cards) where he went 24 for 34, threw for 289 yds and 6 TDs with an INT in Week 4.
On February 11, 2009, Favre told the Jets that he was going to retire after playing 18 seasons in the NFL.