Brett Favre, the 40-year quarterback who led the Minnesota Vikings to a 12-4 record and to the NFC Championship game last season, has reportedly told the team he will not return for a second season. A press release is expected later today.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Fox Sports, Favre gave the Vikings the news Monday night. He had ankle surgery in May, but most observers thought the surgery was successful enough that he would come back for a 20th season. It was only a year ago that he threw for over 4,200 yards with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions, one of the best seasons of his career.

When asked about Favre after a morning practice session, Vikings coach Brad Childress replied, "I'm not a big hearsay person. I gotta hear it from the horse's mouth."

Favre was scheduled to earn $13 million this season. With his retirement, the remaining quarterbacks on the Vikings roster would be Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels and rookie Joe Webb.

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