Brett Favre Retires: In a Minnesota Massacre, QB Kills Playing Career

Larry KornweissCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Brett Favre is shown spinning a football on his fingertip, but if today's news is true, the heads of Vikings' management, players, and fans will also be spinning as it appears that Favre's "will he or won't he retire?" saga seems to be reaching its climactic end.

According to ESPN, sources have it that Favre will make it official and retire from the sport he has played with a passion like no other quarterback has ever played the position.

Favre's NFL future became a mystery the very moment the clock ran out on the Vikings in their loss to New Orleans in the NFC championship game. Since that time, Favre had reiterated several times that ankle surgery would be one of the prerequisites to a potential return to the Vikings. 

When it was announced back in May that Dr. James Andrews had performed a procedure to clean up scar tissue in Favre's ankle, many NFL insiders took this as a clear sign that the quarterback was anticipating a return to action for the 2010 season.

However, in the past few weeks Favre has been working out with high school football players near his Mississippi home but has been dropping subtle hints that his ankle wasn’t feeling quite right.

In a news conference broadcast on Minnesota’s KFAN Sports Radio AM 1130, Vikings head coach Brad Childress responded to the reports of his QB’s pending retirement news with a simple, “I’m not a hearsay person. I gotta hear it from the horse’s mouth.”

If sources are indeed correct, Childress should be expecting a call from a talking horse in the not-too-distant future.