March 6, 2008
In a teary farewell, the NFL's only three-time MVP announced his retirement by saying, "I know I can play but I don't think I want to. It's been a great career for me, but it's over. As they say, all good things must come to an end. I look forward to whatever the future may hold for me." As it turned out, Favre went on to play one season (2008) with the New York Jets and two more (2009, 2010) with the Minnesota Vikings. He is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 70,000 yards, 500 touchdowns, 300 interceptions, and 10,000 pass attempts. He officially retired on January 17, 2011.