Brett Favre has decided to retire from the NFL after 17 seasons.
FOX Sports first reported Tuesday that the Green Bay Packers quarterback informed the team in the last few days. ESPN.com said that according to Favres agent the quarterback told coach Mike McCarthy of his decision.
The team did not immediately confirm or deny the report. An assistant to Packers general manager Ted Thompson said he was in meetings all day but would release a statement later Tuesday morning.
The news was a surprise to at least one of Favres teammates. Most players expected Favre to return after a successful 2007 season.
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