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Brett Favre recalls moment he knew his NFL career was over

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Brett Favre revealed in an interview for a documentary from Sports Illustrated that is alternatively candid, emotional and philosophical that he can recall the exact moment he knew his NFL career was at its end. And perhaps not surprisingly given how the quarterbacking icon seemingly never knew how to quit the game he loved so much, it occurred shortly after the last snap he would ever take in an NFL uniform.

In a fascinating interview that chronicles induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame this past summer, Favre said he knew his long and successful run in pro football was over when he peeled himself off a frozen field after suffering a concussion.

While Favre’s first go-round with the Minnesota Vikings was one of the finest statistical performances of his career, a season in which he led the team to the NFC Championship Game.  His second act in purple, however, was an unmitigated disaster, for both himself and the Vikings.

The collapse of the Metrodome’s roof earlier in the month meant a Dec. 20, 2010 meeting with the Chicago Bears had to be moved to TCF Bank Stadium, the home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The field was a frozen mess, something Favre learned the hard way when he had his head slammed into it on a sack.

“It was the first time in my career I was ever completely knocked out,” Favre recalls in the interview, as transcribed by Shutdown Corner. “It was like 10-15 seconds. The field was as hard as a stone. I hit myself on the side of the head, and the next thing you know I’m snoring. Eric Sugarman, our trainer — we call him Suge — comes out, and he’s like, ‘Hey, buddy,’ and I said, ‘I was just snoring.’ He goes, ‘All right, c’mon, come with me.’ I got up and saw some Bears guys clapping — Urlacher and a couple of those guys — and I’m like, ‘What are the Bears doing here?’

“I went straight to the shower, grabbed some hot chocolate and a hot dog, and from that point I never missed it. I knew it was time.”

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