According to multiple reports, Brett Favre is going to retire, and this time it appears to be for good. Favre has reportedly informed some of his teammates via text messages that he is hanging up his cleats, although nothing has been confirmed by the Vikings or Favre just yet. You always have to take any news related to Favre with a grain of salt because he can change his mind, but this does appear to be the end of the road for him.
Throughout this offseason, all signs really did point to Favre coming back. Despite some of the concerns he voiced about his injuries, it all sounded similar to what we heard last summer, and we know how that turned out. Favre came back, played for the Vikings and dominated the Lions twice during 2009.
Now, with Favre set to retire, the Lions may finally get to say goodbye to one of the biggest thorns in their side in the last two decades. During his 19 years in the league, Favre racked up these numbers against the Lions:
Comp. %: 63.6
8753 yards, 57 TD, 37 INT
Average of 257.4 yards a game
As you can see, he has dominated the Lions during his career. He was especially good last season, so this is wonderful news for the Lions. The Minnesota Vikings aren't completely untalented with the loss of Favre, but they are definitely more beatable with Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback.
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