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Report: Favre Tells Vikings He's Not Coming Back 36

Posted: August 3, 2010, 10:16 AM ; Updated: August 3, 2010, 12:47 PM

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- Brett Favre's spectacular stint with the Minnesota Vikings appears to be over.

Favre has informed the Vikings he will not return to Minnesota for a second season, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old Favre called coach Brad Childress to say his injured left ankle is not responding as well to surgery and rehabilitation as he had hoped, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not made an official announcement.

Speaking to reporters after practice Tuesday, Childress wouldn't confirm Favre's status with the team, saying he could have a new message from the quarterback waiting for him. The coach told reporters: "I'm not a big hearsay person. I gotta hear it from the horse's mouth."

With Favre, of course, nothing is ever necessarily final after 19 NFL seasons. He told the Vikings last year he wouldn't play, but changed his mind and joined them immediately after they broke training camp, with Childress even driving to the airport to pick him up. Camp this year ends on Aug. 12.

Favre has waffled on retiring every summer since 2006. It led to an ugly parting with the Packers that got him traded from Green Bay to the Jets in 2008. After a so-so season in New York, he announced his retirement in early 2009 for the second time, then reconsidered and signed with the Vikings.

He had one of his best seasons last year, with career bests in completion percentage (68.4), quarterback rating (107.2) and fewest interceptions (7), while throwing for 33 TDs and 4,202 yards to lead the Vikings to an NFC North title. He hurt his left ankle in the NFC championship game loss to the New Orleans Saints and had arthroscopic surgery in May.

Favre was under contract for $13 million this season, but only if he plays.

Nearly everyone had assumed Favre would return and he did nothing to discourage that. He threw passes for a second straight summer with high school students in Hattiesburg, Miss., joked about playing until he's 50 and said playing another year wouldn't worsen his already-damaged ankle.

Childress shrugged off all the questions and admitted he didn't know whether Favre would really come back. The Vikings didn't pursue a trade for Donovan McNabb and declined to select a quarterback of the future in the draft.

Still, Favre took a beating in the loss to the Saints and said afterward that he would not take long to make a decision on returning for the second year of his contract. As the months ticked by, Favre posted a statement on his website reminding everyone that his ankle problems didn't mean his career was over.

If Favre doesn't play next season -- and if he decides to actually retire for good -- it will end one of the most storied careers in NFL history.

A three-time league MVP (1995-97), Favre won Super Bowl XXXI with the Packers. His 11 Pro Bowl appearances are the most ever by a quarterback.

Indeed, Favre holds most major NFL records for a quarterback, including career touchdowns (497), yards passing (69,329); wins (181); and seasons with at least 3,000 yards passing (18).

Of course, he also has thrown the most interceptions (317) and been sacked 503 times -- a long, long history of wear and tear.

Many of Favre's sacks came on scrambles, and so did the picks as he fearlessly tried to force the ball -- underhanded, left-handed, whatever worked -- where few, if any, could put it. He brought a sense of danger to the game and Vikings fans responded in droves. He was a classic gunslinger and has never minded the label.

"I would hope 20, 30 years from now, I'm remembered for something else besides records," Favre told The Associated Press in 2007, when the annual summer waffling was still sort of new. "Whether I have them or don't have them. If that's the only way I'm remembered, apparently I didn't do something right or leave a good enough impression on the fans. ...

"I know when I leave the game, I'm going to miss it. I know that. I'm not going to sit here and say, when I leave, it's over and I felt like I've done everything there is to do.

"I feel like I've given every ounce of energy I can give every single time I stepped on the field."

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36 Comments

If Brett Favre was still playing I would want him to go the Chicago Bears!!!!!!!!!!

why

As a Packer fan, I'm happy because we now have a VERY good chance to win the NFC North! The Vikings were our only challenge, now they have no QB!

I agree because i'm a packer fan to

yeah tavaris jackson and sage rosenfels.go lebron

What will the mystery man do next? This is absolutely insane. I think he's just trying to get attention and the only reason he keeps playing is for the money.

You know whattttttt, I'm lovin it because I'm a Chicago Bears Fan. Woo, Ya.

Me too!

im A DIE HARD BEARS FAN GOOOOO BEARS

Bret didnot retire on NFL tottal access last night they said after his interview he said he will play but it is up to his doc. what week he will start. SI kids lied and so did Brad Childres and Veshante Shankio.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! He was my all time fav quaterback! He was my role motel in football! Im just happy he had a great carrer like he did! He is no question a Hall of Famer! Im also happy that he changed football (and how I saw it before I knew him) forever! I wish him the best of luck in his life! GOOD LUCK BRETT! Football will be weird without you!

eh, he'll probably come back. . .or else he'll switch sports and start playing baseball or something until he's 50. then, when he has a lot of loyal, committed fans, he'll quit then come back for his team's arch rivals. all his fans will feel betrayed and then hate him for ever and ever. the end.

most likely

who cares its about time

I am sad that he is retiring, but he probably shoud. If he played another season and got hurt really bad...

You spelled should wronr It's S-H-O-U-LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL-D. You forgot the l

Farve is a really good quarterback, but he really needs to make up his mind. First he retires with the packers, then he comes out of retirement to play with the jets, then goes to the vikings, and now he retires again! I just wonder if he will actually retire for real now, or will just come back with some new team.

this is what..... the fourth time he said he is going to retire??? I mean yea, the dude was phenomonal last season except for that one stupid play. but if he wants to retire... he should. its getting really annoying hearing this and then saying hes coming back to play one more season. he's washed up and its a matter of time before he gets the wits knocked out of him as he gets sacked. so now i leave any readers with this one, simple, question.... is it smart for favre to retire or should he play his.... yes... his 20th year in the nfl???

He shuld just retire because he was a great player when he was younger and he should have retired when he was really good and now he is trying to end good and he just cant do it.

He shuld just retire because he was a great player when he was younger and he should have retired when he was really good and now he is trying to end good and he just cant do it.

Brett only 19 seasons cant u stay another year u cant have a pick be the last throw of your career

for the last time NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!go lebron

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Brett, first you broke the hearts of Packers fans. Now you have broken the hearts of Vikings fans. I hope you're happy.

dude you gotta be kidding me man

Come on, FullBackCoyote. He didn't do anything except change his mind about retiring. And it wasn't his fault that the Packers traded him. And he's 41. He has a right to retire.

Come on, FullBackCoyote. He didn't do anything except change his mind about retiring. And it wasn't his fault that the Packers traded him. And he's 41. He has a right to retire.

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