NEW YORK (AP) - Three-time MVP Brett Favre has informed the New York Jets that he's retiring after 18 NFL seasons.
It's the 39-year-old quarterback's second such announcement in less than a year.
Favre bid a teary farewell to Green Bay last March, but quickly reconsidered. The Packers traded him to New York in August and Favre was a Pro Bowl selection despite a disappointing season that cost coach Eric Mangini his job.
Team owner Woody Johnson says he had a "great conversation" with Favre and there are no hard feelings. Johnson calls Favre "a hall-of-fame player" as well as a "hall-of-fame person."
General Manager Mike Tannenbaum says he is not shocked by the announcement and the club was prepared for such an eventuality.
With Favre under center, the Jets got off to an 8-3 start before losing four of their last five games and missing the playoffs.
Favre leaves pro football with a slew of records, including career touchdown passes, completions, yards passing, regular-season victories and interceptions. He also holds the mark among quarterbacks with 291 consecutive starts, including the playoffs, despite playing through several injuries throughout his career.
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