Magnolia trees swayed in a cool wind along the stately iron gateway to Brett Favre's massive farm just west of this southern Mississippi town.
There were no makeshift signs honoring his certain hall-of-fame career, no groups of curious onlookers or lines of cars parked on the edge of the rural, four-lane highway that runs past his driveway.
It was quiet, and locals showed little interest in disturbing one of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks on Monday, the day he announced his retirement.
They knew that's the way the longtime Green Bay Packers signal caller would want it.
Paul Calhoun, Favre's friend and a veterinarian who cares for the quarterback's dogs, says -- quote -- "In Green Bay, there are days up there when he can't pump gas" without drawing a crowd. Here, it's not like that. He can go anywhere and do anything he wants to here.
"I wish him the best and he'll be fine."
For his part, Favre spent the day, a historic one for the NFL, trying to go about his day as normally as possible.
A women who works on the 460-acre property -- with a calligraphy "F" molded into the black iron front gate -- said the quarterback had accompanied his youngest daughter, Breleigh, on a field trip to Jackson, the state capital.
Closer to town, residents said they were saddened by the thought of no longer spending Sunday's watching the freewheeling quarterback who's back-yard, win-at-all-cost style they'd grown to love since he played his college ball here at Southern Mississippi.
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