The initial reaction from Vikings fans is to be appalled by the departure of Brett Favre.
Favre turned his back on the rival Green Bay Packers, a franchise that employed him for 16 years, by coming to Minnesota.
Visanthe Shiancoe, Percy Harvin, and Sidney Rice all had breakout years with Favre at the helm.
He took the franchise to the brink of it's first Super Bowl Championship.
Now it looks like he has hung up his cleats for the final time. However, as with any situation, there are positive aspects to Favre's recent announcement.
The Vikings must look past the retirement in order to succeed in the post-Favre era. Here are eight reasons why the Favre retirement could be good for the Vikings.