Brett Favre was introduced to the media as the newest Minnesota Viking on Tuesday after signing a two-year, $25 million deal.
He then immediately retired again.
A tearful Favre kept his emotions largely in check during the announcement, but did break down one time when acknowledging the Vikings’ organization.
“I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart, how grateful I am for my teammates, my coaches, and all the fans here in Minnesota that supported me as a Viking. I will never forget what you did for me."
Favre’s comments were consistent with those he had made earlier in the press conference when he spoke about how excited he was to be playing for the Vikings and be cheered on by their fans.
He also made a special mention of John Madden and thanked him for his endless support over the years. "John, I will miss hearing you call the games as much as you’ll miss seeing me play." He then added, "Ok, I won’t miss you as much as you miss me, but still."
When asked about his latest retirement, Favre reiterated that his decision was final.
"My body is telling me, I think it’s time. I don’t want to be another athlete who just hangs on too long. I don’t want to embarrass myself out there."
Favre was then asked again about his decision, to which he replied, "Yes, this is it. This is so difficult, but I’m doing what I feel is right."
Favre was then asked the same question again, responding in an irritated fashion, "Yes I’m retiring, why do I have to keep repeating that? Don’t you believe me?"
Favre was then asked the same question approximately a dozen more times before the press was cut off from asking any more questions.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf then pronounced that no Viking would ever again wear the No. 4 jersey that had been presented to Favre eight minutes before.
It was at this point that Favre finally broke down, the emotion of minutes as a Viking clearly overwhelming him. Everyone in attendance, following the unwritten rule that everyone in the media must love Favre, gave a standing ovation.
"What an honor," he stammered, choking back tears. "I’m just so lucky to have been a part of this team. I’m lucky just to have played professional football, the game I love, for so long. I will miss it so much."
Favre is expected to come back with another team later this week.