GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -Brett Favre made it clear Thursday that he's finished with football.
``I know I can play but I don't think I want to,'' a teary Favre said, confirming his retirement in a news conference at Lambeau Field. ``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.''
With that, Favre walked away from a 17-year NFL career, taking with him a Super Bowl victory, virtually every quarterback record worth having and the widespread admiration of his peers and fans.
The 38-year-old Favre also leaves with graying hair and a deliberate gait - signs that the years were quietly taking a toll on the man who was celebrated for playing a serious and precise game with the carefree joy of a little boy.
Favre cried Thursday morning as he discussed his decision. He thanked the Packers for letting him play.
``I hope that with every penny they've spent on me, they know it was money well spent,'' he said. ``It wasn't about the money or fame or records. I hear people talk about your accomplishments and things. It was never my accomplishments, it was our accomplishments.''
Favre is the NFL's only three-time MVP, and leads the league with 442 touchdown passes, 61,655 yards passing and 160 career victories. He started 253 consecutive regular-season games, more than any other quarterback in history.

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