The 41-year-old Favre, one of the game’s most decorated players, sat out the final game of the regular season with a concussion and said it would be his last.
It is the third time Favre has retired from the NFL, but after failing to make the playoffs in a season that included tendinitis in his right elbow, a broken ankle and split chin, the gray-haired grandfather said this time was for real.
“I know it’s time. And that’s OK. It is,” Favre said after the Vikings lost their final game of the season to the Detroit Lions on Jan. 2. “I hold no regrets, and I can’t think of too many players off hand that can walk away and say that.”
Favre threw 19 interceptions last season and was a shadow of the player who enjoyed so much success a year earlier when he led the Vikings to within one win of an appearance in the Super Bowl.
His reputation took a hit when he was fined $50,000 by the NFL in December for not cooperating with an investigation into allegations he sent lewd messages to a female employee of the New York Jets when with the club in 2008.
Favre is a three time league MVP and holds most major records for a quarterback, including career touchdowns, passing yards and wins.