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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to pass in the first half against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brett Favre
Football fans are used to the annual production over whether or not Brett Favre will retire at the end of any given season, but it's rare that the roadshow cranks up this early.
He first hinted that his 20th year in the NFL would be his final one during an August press conference.
"I can promise you this: Not that I have ever set out as a goal to play 20 years, it's 20 years and I'm done. This is the last year of my contract," he said.
When asked by the NFL Network if he's coming back in 2011, he simply said ,"No."
Favre set a career best for passing yards in the Vikings' last game, throwing for 446 yards in an overtime win over the Arizona Carrdinals.
Last year the Vikings made it to the NFC Championship game before losing to eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans. This season, the Vikings, who were expected to contend again, are 3-5 and have had their season marked by controversy, including the gunslinger's own off-the-field sitation in which he's been accused of sending lewd messages and pictures to a former New York Jets employee. Favre said he just wants to get his team back in the playoff race by beating the Chicago Bears this weekend.
"That's my goal," he said.
The full NFL Network interview airs November 14.