No, that's not a recycled headline from 2007. Or 2008.

Brett Favre, the NFL's career leader in wins (194, including 13 in the playoffs), career passing touchdowns (497), career passes completed (6,083), consecutive starts (285), and many other things, is planning to retire after 19 seasons in the league, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Associated Press, and everyone else in Favre's "inner circle." 

According to Schefter, the 40-year old Favre sent a text message to teammates saying, "this is it."

There's been no confirmation from Favre, the Vikings or Favre's agent Bus Cook, but a press release is expected from the team sometime today. If there is a press conference, you can certainly expect some tears out of good old Brett

Head coach Brad Childress is scheduled to address the media after the team's morning practice at 11:30 a.m. Central.

The 11-time Pro Bowler, three-time league MVP and Super Bowl XXXI champion is coming off one of his best statistical seasons, throwing for 4,202 yards with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions (a career low). He completed a career high 68.4 percent of his passes in leading Minnesota to the NFC Championship game.

Favre, who signed a two-year, $25 million deal with Minnesota last summer, had been working out at his home in Hattiesburg, Miss., rehabbing his surgically-repaired ankle.

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So now we get to the inevitable question: Is this for real?

Or is it just a ploy to skip training camp, and possibly the first few weeks of the season, in order to keep his body fresh for the stretch run? Or is his ankle simply not responding to rehab, as a source told the Associated Press?

It's hard to believe Favre would leave the game after the impressive season he had last year, especially as it ended in bitter defeat with what would be his last NFL pass getting intercepted.

Call me a skeptic, but we've been to this dance too many times before not to take Brett with a grain of salt.