Brett Favre is fearful to head back to the gridiron. Not because of his age, but due to the affects of his football-related concussions.
In a radio interview on Thursday, the twice retired 44-year-old quarterback revealed he may have memory loss as a result of on-the-field hits he took during his 20-year career. “I don’t remember my daughter playing soccer, youth soccer, one summer. I don’t remember that,” he said.
In last Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford tore his ACL and will be out for the rest of the 2013-2014 season. Looking for a replacement quarterback, the Rams turned to none other than Favre, asking if he’d once again come out of retirement and suit up.
“It’s flattering, but you know there’s no way I’m going to do that,” Favre said.
Favre has played for the the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and most recently for the Minnesota Vikings. His career accolades include winning the Associated Press Most Valuable Player award three times, eight division championships, two super bowl appearances and one super bowl win. In 2008, he retired from the NFL and the Green Bay Packers, only to return that fall in a New York Jets uniform.
His second (still permanent) retirement came in 2011 after two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Favre was unable to play in his last NFL game since he didn’t pass the NFL-mandated post-concussion tests. Throughout his career, Favre was sacked 525 times, but the number of concussions isn’t recorded. “When I first started playing, those first 10 years, they didn’t keep a log like they do now, so there’s no telling,” he said.
Favre certainly is not the first former NFL player to suffer severe concussions. There have been 34 former players who donated their brains to research and according to a 2009 University of Michigan report, over 90 percent of them suffered pathologically confirmed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease.
In August of this year, the NFL paid In August the league paid a settlement of $765 million to 4,500 players and their families who sued the league for head injuries endured while playing football.