29 Jul 2009

Favre to stay retired

10:31 am on 29 July 2009

Hall-of-fame American football quarterback Brett Favre has decided to remain retired and will not join the Minnesota Vikings this season.

39-year-old Favre played last year for the New York Jets after a brilliant career with the Green Bay Packers.

Favre, who had shoulder surgery in May, has been suffering with fitness and felt he wouldn't be able to last a 16-game season.

The Vikings had been courting Favre to play what would have been his 19th NFL season.