Brett Favre Calls Time on Career...Again

Daniel GoochAnalyst IJanuary 3, 2011

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 13:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during warm ups prior to playing the New York Giants at Ford Field on December 13, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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NFL legend Brett Favre has retired from the sport for a third time.

Brett, who is now 41, had previously quit in 2008 and also 2009 but returned on each occasion. The first club he left was the New York Jets and the second was the Minnesota Vikings.

Favre, who holds the record of most consecutive starts in NFL (297) has insisted that this is the final time: "I know it's time, and that's OK. It is."

Favre never played in his final game as he was injured. The Vikings lost 20-13 to Detroit, meaning they finished last in the NFC North.

Favre won the Super Bowl in 1997, during his 16-season stint with the Packers. During this time, he was able to secure his place as one of the sport's finest-ever quarterbacks.

As well as having the record for most consecutive starts, he also holds the record for wins (186), passing yards (71,838), touchdown passes (508) and interceptions (335).

This season, however, he has been beset by injury and controversy.

He has spent 20 years at the top of his game, starting all the way back in 1991 with the Atlanta Falcons.

He will be missed by many in the sport and will be remembered as the great quarterback that he was.