Brett Favre Discusses Impact Concussions Have Had on His Life

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2013

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Brett Favre will go down as one of the toughest players in NFL history, but it's possible that his reputation came at a price.

During a recent interview with Sports Talk 570 in Washington, via Nate Davis of USA Today, Favre discussed the current and future impact of concussions on his life. The 44-year-old future Hall of Famer admitted that he is already having some memory issues.

I don't remember my daughter playing soccer, playing youth soccer, one summer. I don't remember that. I got a pretty good memory, and I have a tendency like we all do to say, 'Where are my glasses?' and they're on your head. This was pretty shocking to me that I couldn't remember my daughter playing youth soccer, just one summer, I think. I remember her playing basketball, I remember her playing volleyball, so I kind of think maybe she only played a game or two. I think she played eight. So that's a little bit scary to me.

Favre was known for his fearlessness on the field, but he admitted that the lapse in memory regarding his daughter scared him.

"For the first time in 44 years, that put a little fear in me."

Favre also expressed uncertainty about how he'll ultimately be affected by head injuries after playing 20 years and 321 straight games in the NFL.

"I think after 20 years, God only knows the toll," he said.

Although Favre didn't say it directly, perhaps concussion concerns played a role in his decision to turn down a chance to return to the league. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Rams attempted to court Favre after quarterback Sam Bradford went down for the season with a torn ACL, but Favre declined.

While he was appreciative of the offer, Favre finally appears to be content in retirement. 

"It's flattering, but you know there's no way I'm going to do that," Favre said Thursday.

Favre's agent, Bus Cook, initially fanned the flames on a potential return when he told Tommy Hicks of last month that Favre could be an effective player in the NFL today.

"Today, he could play today,'' Cook said. "I saw him the other day. He's in the best shape I've ever seen him in, physically.

While Favre may very well be in great physical condition, he has taken plenty of damage to his body over the years. Declining to take further punishment at his age is probably the best decision for his long-term health.


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