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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre will be fined $50,000, but not suspended, for allegedly sending a Jets team employee explicit text messages and photos.

Jenn Sterger, the recipient of the alleged messages, worked as a sideline personality for the Jets in 2008. Favre has admitted to leaving her voicemails, but denies sending her explicit photos. The fine was issued because Favre was deemed uncooperative and not candid during the league's investigation into the incident.

This closes an NFL inquiry that has dragged on for months. A suspension wouldn't have mattered much anyway, as Favre was unlikely to play in Week 17 because of injuries.

Still, a fine from the league puts the cap on a nightmarish career finale for the future Hall of Famer.

[Rewind: Brett Favre's tearful apology]

The Vikings came up pathetically short of their Super Bowl expectations in 2010. Favre threw 19 interceptions against 11 touchdowns and will finish the season with a passer rating of 69.9, the lowest of his career. He also battled numerous injuries, had his NFL-record streak of 297 consecutive starts snapped, and saw head coach Brad Childress fired mid-season.

[Photo: See Favre as a high school student]

Favre has said that he won't return for another season. The conclusion of the NFL's investigation of the incident with Sterger is the punctuation mark on what might be the saddest farewell tour in sports history.

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