Kicker Ryan Longwell will retire as a member of the Green Bay Packers, general manager Ted Thompson announced on Monday.
Longwell is the all-time leading scorer in franchise history with 1,054 points.
Other records also held by Longwell include career field goals (226), field-goal percentage (81.6, 226/277), seasons leading the team in field goals (nine), extra points (376), 100-point seasons (eight) and consecutive games scoring (144).
The first nine seasons of Longwell's career were as a member of the Packers, but his last six years were spent with the division rival Minnesota Vikings.
Longwell's decision to retire as a Packer comes as timely, given the recent news surrounding Brett Favre, another former Viking who would appear to be in the process and returning to his roots.
The decisions of Greg Jennings and Desmond Bishop to sign with the Vikings this season also plays into the rivalry even further.
Some observers might point out that Longwell, even at 38 years old and entering what would be his 16th season in the NFL, would be better than the current kickers competing for a job on the Packers roster: Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio.
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