After 19 seasons, three pseudo-retirements and a love of attention that can only be described as “Kardashian-like,” Brett Favre has reportedly decided to fade gently into the Mississippi sunset and forgo one more season with the Minnesota Vikings.
ESPN is reporting that the 40-year-old quarterback told members of the Vikings organization about his plans to retire from the comfort of his rocking chair while using "young people" technology.
“Favre has sent text messages to teammates saying, ‘This is it,’ league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.”
Aside from the fact that he stole Michael Jackson’s line, this seems like a pretty legit story considering how many people supposedly verified that the message was sent. (Side note: I would have preferred him ripping off Good Will Hunting and telling Brad Childress he “had to go see about a girl.”)
When it comes to Favre’s golden years, retirement is more of a starting off point than final destination, so the finality of the decision is questionable at best.
Sources claim that his injured ankle is the catalyst for his departure, so it’s entirely possible that if it heals properly in the coming weeks he may return to the line-up.
In the meantime, however, ESPN has put together a half-hour “Favre montage” which will repeatedly play throughout the day. Feel free to check it out and reflect on a career that may (but probably isn’t) over.
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