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Brett Favre to retire from NFL after 17 seasons

Brett Favre to retire from NFL after 17 seasons Green Bay Packers star quarterback Brett Favre is set to retire from football after 17 active seasons in the NFL. The announcement came as a shock to the Packers fans and the football world, everyone expected the 38-year-old hree-time NFL MVP to go for another season. But following one of his most successful NFL seasons, Favre officially announced his retirement on Tuesday morning. According to Brett Favre's agent, Bus Cook, the move was not provoked by the team in any way and it was a personal decision.

 "He has had one of the greatest careers in the history of the National Football League, and he is able to walk away from the game on his own terms. Not many players are able to do that," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement.

 Last season, Brett Favre broke Dan Marino's career records for most touchdown passes and most yards passing and John Elway's record for most career victories by a starting quarterback. The quarterback retires with 5,377 career completions in 8,758 attempts for 61,655 yards, 442 touchdowns and 288 interceptions. Favre was drafted from Southern Mississippi in 1991 by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round, 33rd pick overall, where he made his NFL debut, but only attempted four passes in his career with the Falcons, completing none of them. The following offseason the Green Bay Packers traded a first round pick for Brett Favre and he spent the rest of his pro career with the Packers.

 At the online bookmaker BodogLife the Green Bay Packers remain one of the favorite teams to win the next Super Bowl, listed with odds 20/1, as well as 7/1 to win the NFC Championship.

 Published on 03/04/2008

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