In what has become a nearly annual tradition, Vikings QB Brett Favre again signaled that his NFL career may be over.
Favre spoke after watching the Vikings’ 20-13 loss against the Lions in Detroit from the sidelines. The veteran was inactive for the season finale with lingering symptoms from a concussion sustained in Week 15 against the Bears.
“It’s been a wonderful ride for me, and one game, one season, does not define me,” said Favre.
“There’ll be people saying, ‘you know, it’s a shame he went out that way,'” said Favre, who missed three of his last four games with injuries.
Favre’s record streak of 297 consecutive regular-season starts was snapped in December by a shoulder injury. He threw for 2,509 yards, 11 TDs and 19 INTs this season, by far his worst numbers as a starter during his 20-year career, most of which was spent with the Packers.
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the Green Bay Packers, the fans. It’s kind of tough to say that with Vikings fans at the same time, but it’s been special,” said Favre.
Favre said he was proud of his accomplishments and that he nothing else left to do from a playing standpoint. When pressed on whether this really is the end of his playing days, Favre appeared committed.
“It’s time, I mean, I know it’s time. And that’s OK, it is. I hold no regrets. I can’t think of too many players off-hand that can walk away and say that, ” said Favre.
The QB acknowledged that there will be doubters that’s he’s really done, especially after he came back from two previous retirements.
“People will say wait and see, but that’s OK,” said Favre.
Favre finishes the 2010 season with a 69.9 passer rating, the worst of his career. He was also fined $50,000 by the NFL for his failure to cooperate with a league investigation that he allegedly acted inappropriately towards a Jets game-day hostess while he played for New York in 2008.
If this is truly the end, Favre leaves as the NFL’s all-time leader in completions, passing yards and touchdown passes.
“I’m truly grateful for the opportunity. By the grace of God I got a chance to play this game and play it at a high level,” said Favre.
“I hope that people admired the way I played, my passion for it, because I hold no regrets.”