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Bear hunter done: Favre tells Vikings he will stay retired

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The fine reporters in Minnesota can stand down now.

On alert for the arrival of Brett Favre since the New York Jets removed him from the reserve/retired list on April 28, the waiting game came to an end this afternoon when Favre told Vikings coach Brad Childress that he just couldn't take the daily grind.

"I just think it was a rare opportunity to explore a Hall of Fame quarterback who had background in the NFC and in this division," Childress told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "He knows our system inside out ... This doesn't change anything about how I feel about our football team."

Favre, who owned the Bears for more than a decade in Green Bay prior to the arrival of Lovie Smith in 2004, will turn 40 in October.

This means instead of being able to look forward to Favre twice this season, the Bears will instead face Tarvaris Jackson or newcomer Sage Rosenfels.

The Bears first face Minnesota Nov. 29 at the Metrodome and then host them Dec. 28 at Soldier Field on "Monday Night Football.'' Perhaps Favre is in the television booth as an analyst by then.

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Thank the Lord above this embarassment of our beloved league is over! I would of rather had that tired old man to whoop on 2 more times but sa-la-vi. Now go cut your lawn and quietlt fade away.
GO BEAR!

Until next year, Brett!

You mean to write c'est la vie.

Oh well, no pick sixes for opposing teams, where commentators can fawn over how much fun Favre had throwing a bone-headed interception.

I'm glad this punk appears to be done with.

It would not be a stretch to say that at the bare minimum NFC North is ours!!!! Go Bears!!!!!

A lot of us have gotten really tired of this the past two seasons. Favre was a great QB, but pro football is a young man's game. Time to move on with your life, dude. Do things that are appropriate for someone your age and quit holding everyone hostage to your whims.

Arjun,
Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Even before the 1985 season, when I was as high as I've ever been on a Bear team before the season, all I'd say was that they had an excellent chance to get to the Super Bowl. This team, while it could be very good, has a lot of questions, defense and wide receiver, to name the two biggest.

Bummer!

I had the Bears winning the division with Brett Favre as the Vikings QB by four games because Brett was good for a two game lost because of an interception at a crucial point.

In my honest opinion, I now think the Bears will win the division by two because I think Tavaris is a much better QB than Brett or Sage at this point (Please understand I am only talking about talent wise). Stronger arm, more mobile, and durable not that accurate however, but neither is Brett at this stage of his career.

I know Brett is a First Ballot H.O.Famer. Tavaris has the world against him well maybe not the world, but Minnesota for sure; we all know what happens when you back a scared person into a corner.

The Vikings are idiots for not truly nurturing his talents; people forget he came from a small Div 2 school hell it takes players from top programs years to master the NFL there are some exceptions Flacco, Roethlisberger, and Ryan.

Nevertheless, the norms are players like Peyton Manning, Troy Aikman whom struggled their first 2-3 years in the league. I want mention Ryan Leaf, Cade McClown, Akili Smith, Shaun King (I am going to stop here) you all get my drift.

In my football mind I think the light is going to come on for Tavaris I hope I am wrong on this one.

Go Bears!

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