Brett Favre Tells Vikings He's Done

Who believes this is over? Show of hands?
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Zorro
Posted Aug 3, 2010 11:24 AM CDT
In this March 6, 2008, photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre gets choked up as he talks about his retirement during a news conference at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.   (Mike Roemer)
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(Newser) – You'll excuse us if we don't break out the red headline this time, but Brett Favre has told the Vikings that he's not coming back this fall, a source close to the quarterback tells the AP. The 40-year-old reportedly called Brad Childress, and told him that his ankle has not recovered well from surgery, leaving him unable to play. Countdown to his next change of heart begins now.

Favre has waffled on retiring every summer since 2006—he even made a Best Buy commercial last year mocking his own indecision. He's under contract with the Vikings for $13 million this season, if he chooses to play. Until now, he'd been widely expected to return, since he's been seen throwing passes at a Mississippi high school, and has publicly downplayed his ankle injury and joked about playing until he's 50.

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