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Brett Favre Retires (Again) ... In Writing

1/17/2011 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

This time Brett Favre means it -- he's retiring from football ... and he's gone so far as to file paperwork with the NFL saying he's done ... TMZ has confirmed.

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TMZ confirmed with the Minnesota Vikings that Favre filed the documents.

Of course, this is just a technicality. The 41-year old future Hall of Fame QB could still decide to return next season -- as he did the last three years.

Then again, Favre's never been this beat up -- he didn't even play in the Vikes' last two games.

So, we gotta ask...


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