GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre has decided to retire from the NFL after 17 seasons. The Hall of Fame-bound quarterback told an ESPN reporter that he's "tired mentally."
Favre played 17 years in the NFL and leaves as one of the game's most celebrated signal callers. During this past season he set several league records, including most touchdown passes. After a dismal season in 2006, Favre and the Packers rebounded to a 13-and-3 record in 2007. They lost to the eventual NFL champion New York Giants in the NFC title game.
During the recently concluded season, Favre extended his quarterback-record streak of consecutive regular-season starts to 253 games. Add in the playoffs and Favre's streak stands at 275 games. He retires with 61,655 yards passing and 442 touchdowns.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson says Favre "had one of the greatest careers in the history of the National Football League." He added that the 38-year-old is walking away from the game on his own terms.
The retirement comes as a surprise to many Packer fans as in mid January he told the Sun Herald paper in his hometown of Biloxi, Mississippi, that he "would like to continue longer."