Brett Favre press conference

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Brett Favre cries during this tearful retirement speech — who knew retiring from football could cause a man to cry at a press conference?

The full Brett Favre press conference retirement video clip is after the jump.


10:59 a.m.
Coverage of the Brett Favre press conference is under way.

I know a lot of people around the Pine Belt will be glued to their TVs, hoping Favre will announce he's changed his mind.

ESPN is currently showing highlights from Favre's career.
11:01 a.m.

ESPN has just reported the press conference will start sometime around 11:30 a.m. due to a plane delay.
11:21 a.m.

The wait for Mr. Favre continues.

ESPN has basically been talking to various analysts and former players about what they feel makes Favre so special.
11:33 a.m.

Still no sign of Favre. But I can't say that I'm surprised. Favre has been a master at heightening peoples' anticipation levels.

ESPN's Trey Wingo just said we're still "a few moments away" from Favre coming up to the podium in Green Bay.
11:36 a.m.
Favre just apologized for being late, and announced he is "officially retiring" from the NFL.

He seems to be choking up a little bit, and said this kind of thing is "never easy."
11:39 a.m.

Favre: "I hope that every penny they spent on me, they know it was money well spent."

Favre is really struggling to keep his emotions in check. He's fighting hard to hold back the tears.

He's thanking a host of people right now, including Mike Holmgren and Ron Wolf "for giving me a chance."
11:42 a.m.

Favre: "I know I can play, but I don't think I want to."
11:44 a.m.

Favre has expressed the fact that he has no regrets regarding his decision to retire.
11:51 a.m.

Favre: "There's no guarantees next year, personally and as a team. Last year and the year before, I questioned whether or not I should come back. I just wondered, 'Could I not play anymore?' The stress part of it, is demanding."

Favre continues to stress the fact that he knows he can play, but he doesn't feel he's up to the challenge of doing more than just showing up and playing for three hours on Sundays.
11:52 a.m.

Favre: "One play, one game, one season doesn't define me. I'm going out on top."
11:53 a.m.

Favre has talked about the fact that he's not sure what the future holds for him, but, "it's been a fun ride."
11:56 a.m.

One thing that strikes me is the fact that Favre did not read a statement or have any sort of script. He's always seemed to be a genuine guy, and this just makes it that much more believable.
12:03 p.m.

Favre said he never wanted to be "one of those guys that stuck around too long."

So, on the surface, it appears as though Favre is adamant about not returning.
12:12 p.m.

ESPN and CNN's broadcasts of the presser have ceased. Some stations seem to still be broadcasting though.

Deanna Favre has just come up to the table.
12:23 p.m.

Favre continues to talk about how much he'll miss football and all the little things that go along with it.

He was just asked what's the most memorable moment he'll take with him as he "rides off into the sunset."

He said he hates when that question is asked, because he can't pick just one. He said there are "thousands and thousands of plays that meant something to me. I never took a play off."
12:28 p.m.

Well, as the press conference continues, I'll take this time to offer up my thoughts on Brett Favre.

And, I think he just said it better than I could have ever said it.

"I thought about wearing a suit, I really did. I thought about shaving, but what you see is what you get."

That pretty much sums up what Favre is all about, and what makes him so likeable. He will truly go down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.
12:40 p.m.

Favre is sharing some personal stories that have had an impact on his life.

Do you have a story to tell about Brett Favre? If so, please leave a comment and share with the rest of us. Now's a pretty good time to reflect.