Brett Favre filed his retirement papers with the NFL on Monday and, in an e-mail to ESPN's Ed Werder, said he hopes the Green Bay Packers will win the Super Bowl.
In 1996, Favre won the second of three consecutive MVPs and guided the team to victory over New England in Super Bowl XXXI. The Packers lost to Denver in Super Bowl XXXII and haven't been back to the big stage since. This week, Green Bay visits Chicago for the NFC championship. Favre's last game with the Packers was their last appearance in the NFC title game, the 2007 loss to the New York Giants.
According to Werder, Favre said the Packers are "by far" the best of the four teams remaining. He said his successor, Aaron Rodgers, is "the best QB" but called defensive coordinator Dom Capers the team's MVP.
"I think they will win it all! I hope they do, if you are wondering," Favre said in the e-mail.
As for the retirement — which was first reported by FoxSports.com — Favre certainly is familiar with the protocol. He filed the paperwork to the league upon retiring from the Packers and again the following year with the Jets.
But Favre maintained throughout the 2010 season that this would be his final year playing in the NFL. If so, he didn't go out with a bang. He was swept by the Packers, with one touchdown and four interceptions in those games. He finished the season with 11 touchdowns and 19 interceptions — a far cry from 2009, when his 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions gave him the best touchdown-to-interception ratio of his superlative career. His performance, injuries and off-the-field distractions indicated that retirement was probably the wise move.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said at the end of the season that he didn't foresee any circumstance under which he would pursue Favre to return for another season, as former Vikings coach Brad Childress did during the 2010 offseason.
Viking Update's Tim Yotter contributed reporting.
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