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Favre will remain retired

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 04:13 AM
MINNEAPOLIS -

Brett Favre has handed the Vikings one more loss.

The 39-year-old Favre called Vikings coach Brad Childress on Tuesday to tell the coach he won't be coming out of retirement to play for Minnesota.

"It was the hardest decision I've ever made," Favre told ESPN. "I didn't feel like physically I could play at a level that was acceptable. I would like to thank everyone, including the Packers, Jets and Vikings - but, most importantly, the fans."

The decision, which was first reported by the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, is a stunning blow for the Vikings after they openly courted Favre all summer. Adding Favre would have been viewed by many as the final piece for a team that already has star running back Adrian Peterson and a stingy veteran defense that returns nearly intact from last year's NFC North title season.

"It was a rare and unique opportunity to consider adding not only a future Hall of Fame quarterback but one that is very familiar with our system and division," Childress said in a prepared statement. "That does not detract from the team that we have."

Last year, Favre tearfully retired from the Packers after 17 seasons in the NFL and three MVP awards - then made an about-face and played for the Jets. He retired again, had surgery in May to alleviate a torn biceps tendon and then flirted with the idea of coming back again with the Vikings, the Packers' NFC North rival.

After two months of rehab, Favre told Childress he didn't think he had enough in him to get through a full season.

"I had to be careful not to commit for the wrong reasons," Favre said. "They were telling me, 'You went through all this, you had the surgery and you've got to finish it off.' But I have legitimate reasons for my decision. I'm 39 with a lot of sacks to my name."

Favre holds NFL career passing records for touchdown passes (464), completions (5,720) and yards passing (65,127).

BROWNS: Receiver Braylon Edwards was put on the non-football injury list. The team did not specify an injury.

LEGAL: Former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress will testify today before the grand jury that is investigating weapons charges against him, his lawyer said. Burress, 31, shot himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub on Nov. 29.

OBITUARY: Jim Johnson, 68, whose attacking defenses helped the Eagles to one Super Bowl appearance and five NFC title games, died Tuesday. Johnson had taken a leave of absence from the team in May to battle a cancerous tumor on his spine.

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