If Brett Favre were to retire two years ago, as originally expected, most would've said "It's about time". If Favre were to retire after a disappointing 2006 season, most wouldn't be surprised.
However, after a magical 2007 season that saw Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers reach the NFC Championship game for the first time since 2001, most Packers fans were waiting for him to comeback in 2008 and win a Super Bowl and ride off into the sunset.
But today, the "Green Bay Gunslinger" called it a career after 17-years in the NFL.
"I know I can still play, but it's like I told my wife, I'm just tired mentally. I'm just tired," Favre told ESPN's Chris Mortensen in a voice mail messasge.
Favre ends up leaving after a record-breaking season that included his breaking the record for touchdown passes in a career finishing the season with 442 career touchdown passes, 61, 655 yards passing, 5,377 completions and wins as a starter with 160.
But with the good, come the bad as he also finished the season with 288 career interceptions, beating the old record of 277 held by Hall of Fame quarterback George Blanda. Favre also finished the season on top of the career passing yards list with
Favre also finishes his career as one of the toughest quarterback in the history of the league, maybe one of the toughest players with his 275 consecutive games played (including playoffs).
The Green Bay Packers also recieved a significant boost from Favre's presences. The Packers have a .629 winning percentage with Favre which include seven division titles, nine 10-win seasons, eleven playoff appearances and a Super Bowl title against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI.
Along with all the records, Favre leaves with all the memorable moments. From his first career touchdown pass which won the game for Green Bay in 1992, to his first Super Bowl touchdown pass in Super Bowl XXXI, to the 400 yard passing performance in Oakland back in 2003 just 24 hours after the death of his father, to, most recently, the underhand pass to his tight end Bubba Franks in the NFC Divsional playoff against Seattle. Regardless of the situation, Favre always played hard and had fun with the game.
Favre's retirement means the beginning of the Aaron Rodger's era in Green Bay. The good news, Rodger's is ready to play and takeover the Packers offense. The bad news, he's replacing Brett Favre.