According to this ESPN article, Brett Favre has decided to retire. Quite literally, I’m stunned by the news. This is quite literally the end of one of the Packers’ greatest eras, right up there with Lombardi’s retirement.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that according to Favre’s agent, Buss Cook, Favre informed Packers coach Mike McCarthy of his decision Monday night.

Foxsports.com first reported Favre’s decision.

A sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer, Favre, acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons, led the Packers back to the NFL’s elite. He retires with 5,377 carrer completions in 8,758 attempts for 61,655 yards, 442 touchdowns and 288 interceptions.

A few years ago, the Packers picked Aaron Rodgers. Favre’s retirement likely means the start of the Aaron Rodgers era. It’ll be interesting to see what this does to the Pack. You don’t just replace a living legend, especially one that had Favre’s talent, combativeness and attitude.

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe No. 4. He had Joe Namath’s gunslinger mentality with a lineman’s style. What made him great was that he didn’t have a conscience or a memory. It didn’t matter if he’d thrown 3 interceptions that half. All he knew was that he was going to try and make the play even if his throw had to fit in between 3 defenders. He had absolute confidence in his abilities and with good reason.

As a Vikings fan, I hated him. As a football fan, I’m sad. There’ll never be another Brett Favre.

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