Eden Prairie, Minn - NFL legend Brett Favre has retired - sort of. The 39-year-old quarterback held a press conference today at the Minnesota Vikings training facility. During the press conference Favre dropped a bombshell by announcing that his left arm is calling it quits.
Favre explained his decision to sideline his non-throwing arm:
"Well, considering my history I thought this would be a good way to slowly walk away from the game one piece at a time."
The three-time NFL MVP said he would no longer use his left arm during practices or games. "That includes my left hand as well. From now on I'll only use my right arm or hand to do everything from taking snaps to removing my helmet."
So far the experiment has produced mixed results. Favre holds the record for most interceptions thrown by an NFL quarterback. However, he hasn't been picked off once since retiring his left arm. Still the news isn't all good. While Favre's interceptions have decreased his fumbles have increased.
Favre's move has also confused his teammates. Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian explained what happened when he tried to give Favre a high five:
"He (Favre) had just thrown a fade route to the back of the end zone for a touchdown. I was all excited and wanted to celebrate but ended up hitting him in the head. I don't get it but I don't have to - the guy's a legend."
Coach Brad Childress thinks Favre needs time to adjust:
"He's doing something that's never been done before. Most guys use both of their arms, not Brett, he doesn't need to."
Update: Brett Favre's left arm is reportedly in talks to return to the NFL. Sources confirm Favre's arm has meet with several teams about a possible comeback.