Brett Favre worries about CTE after “probably thousands” of concussions

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Brett Favre was diagnosed with “three or four” concussions during his career, but the Hall of Fame quarterback guesses he had “probably thousands.”

Favre, who has become an advocate for concussion research, worries about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after taking the number of hits he took in a 20-year, 302-game NFL career.

“As we’re learning about concussions, there’s a term we use in football and maybe other sports, that I got ‘dinged,'” Favre told NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today, via The Associated Press. “When you have ringing of the ears, seeing stars, that is a concussion.

“If that’s a concussion, then I’ve had hundreds, probably thousands, throughout my career, which is frightening.”

Abby Wambach, David Ross and Kurt Warner joined Favre on Kelly’s show. The four star athletes are investors in a company developing a concussion-treatment drug not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Favre, 48, said he would discourage boys from playing football with “no treatment solution out there.”

“I grew up playing football,” Favre said. “My dad was the coach. He was tough on me. He was a hard-nosed, just in-your-face-type of guy, and he didn’t know what concussions were about. We knew basically what a concussion was, but the thought process in those days was you would never come out of a game or practice because you had a little head ding. You would be considered, for lack of a better term, a sissy.

“My point in this is: 30 years ago, there wasn’t a problem in anyone’s mind from playing football. It was just a matter of being tough, and the ones who stuck it out and made the most of it. Now, what we know, is it has nothing to do with toughness, and that’s a lot scarier. So I look at my career as something wonderful. I didn’t know; had I known in Year 5, I would have looked at my future a bit closer as my career unfolded.”

55 responses to “Brett Favre worries about CTE after “probably thousands” of concussions

  1. He has reason to be concerned. I have heard interviews since his retirement where he just couldn’t follow along. I remember one in particular where the interviewer attempted to help him out by asking the broadest football questions possible and ol’ boy couldn’t come up with an answer.

    The one time you kinda wish it was a sobriety slip. . .

  2. Thousands?

    Paleeeeze!

    He always steps back into the lime light, every now and then.

    Yawn!

  3. Brains will deteriorate with age. The same as bones, muscles, and any of the other organs of the human body. Evolution didn’t design us to live much past the point where we could reproduce and shelter our young long enough to fend for themselves. That is why we haven’t developed resistance to the diseases of aging. Our best before date was no later than 30, and nature would clear us off the shelf to make room for new stock.

  4. I remember one time when he came back in the game on a fourth and long after sitting out one play after getting smacked. He threw a 30-something yard TD then started jumping around like a little kid. That was during the Sherman era. I’m pretty sure Favre forced himself into the game.

  5. nhpats says:
    April 12, 2018 at 7:32 pm
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    If he has really had “thousands” of concussions he will be droolling all over himself before he is 60

  6. 1. Favre insisted on being the toughest man out there, and SURELY he knew aomething of CTE before he retired…
    2. The man loves a mike and a camera.
    3. Kudos for putting his $$ with his mouth, at least…

  7. There is no question in my mind he was concussed. I can think of several occasions it was obvious. I even remember one where he was laughing and celebrating hiw whacked he was. Then he would put himself back in the game. You could not make that guy quit. Whatever else you might want to say about him about him you could not say that he did not have that ‘psycho tough’ thing going on.

  8. 30 years ago, there wasn’t a problem in anyone’s mind from playing football. It was just a matter of being tough, and the ones who stuck it out and made the most of it. Now, what we know, is it has nothing to do with toughness, and that’s a lot scarier.

    How times flies so fast, and things changes when better technology comes in our lives and change our approach toward better future.

  9. Man I feel like a insensitive prick. But duh, football is and has been violent. But if he was so concerned about CTE, a discussion that was quite mainstream near the end of his career why did he keep coming back to football. It just feels to me like people want the pie in the sky that is football, then when they have dried that tit, they want to suckle another one. Its like when you cut class, go to a party, get wasted, then skip out on work, have a amazing time and then when its all done you now have remorse of the consequences. Except in this circle the remorse is going to end in possible lawsuits to the NFL. It just seems so shady to me. You don’t get to use the monkey’s paw and then cry you didn’t understand the consequences, that makes you lose merit in my eyes. These players quality of life for themselves and their families are crazy good, and even with all the knowledge of CTE info out there, players are tripping on themselves to get into the league and get that pay check, parents are tripping on themselves to get their child into a prime college for a chance at that pay check. Of course football gives you concussions, and of course getting clocked in the head 100000 times has consequences, don’t act like you didn’t know.

  10. There are 12 year old kids working 16 hours a day in factories around the world who have to work 6 months to earn the equivalent of an NFL player’s daily meal allotment.

  11. One bad ash man! Helluva football player. Dude overcame alot in his life. Left it all on the field for his team and the fans. I wish every fan had been as lucky as myself to be able to pull for this guy for 15 glorious years in green bay.

  12. They play knowing the risks. They make a lot of money playing.

    I have no sympathy for them.

  13. jimjets says:
    April 12, 2018 at 6:51 pm
    His worst concussion was when he has us 8-3 and hurt his shoulder and forgot to tell anyone and ruined our season.

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    Have another.

  14. cribbage12 says:
    April 12, 2018 at 7:13 pm
    We’ll never forget you, Brent.

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    Haha….cmon people. This was funny.

  15. Thousands??? Brett, if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a BILLION times…stop exaggerating!

  16. “Thousands” would mean he got a concussion in every peewee, sand lot, high school, college and pro game he played and probably most of his practices. He probably had many but just calling it “thousands” don’t work.

  17. So, the Packers were trying to do him a favor by strongly encouraging he stay retired.

    That’s what I thought too.

  18. cribbage12 says:
    April 12, 2018 at 7:13 pm
    We’ll never forget you, Brent.

    45 51 Rate This

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    this is one of the funniest things i’ve ever read

  19. He played in 302 NFL games and 40 or so college games. Is he claiming to have had 5 or more concussions in each and every game he ever played in?

  20. No way in the world the players knew they were facing CTE.
    Dr Omalu’s published his CTE paper on Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster in 2005.
    The NFL did not publicly acknowledge the link between concussions sustained in football and long-term neurological effects until December 2009,[11] seven years after Omalu’s discovery. However, as late as 2013, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) included a debate between two sports concussion experts regarding the validity (or existence) of CTE.[13] Finally, in March 2016, the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety policy, Jeff Miller, testified before congress that the NFL now believed that there was a link between football and CTE.[14]

  21. I know you all are focused on his exaggeration, but did you miss one of the key names? Abby Wambach. Everyone is so concerned about football but no one even considers the concussion risks in one of the fastest growing sports…soccer. Concussions are very real in most sports. Don’t even get started with MMA and boxing. The moral of the story is that most sports are dangerous, stop making football out as barbaric.

  22. CTE is not about concussions. Any trauma to the brain can contribute so simple hits that don’t leave you seeing stars etc.to increase your risk.

    Also studies are showing that strong antii-inflammatories like Toradol (popular shot in the NFL) can mask concussions putting players at greater risk.

    People can dismiss this issue as millionaires crying over a risk they knew they were taking but this is a very real issue that’s going to impact far more people than just pro athletes. Anyone that played football should be paying attention.

  23. It’s a shame Favre had his sterling career cut short by being forced to play behind that turnstile O-line in Minnesota. He could’ve played at least five more years and possibly won a SuperBowl.

    Sorry for the negative commentary, but I learned from a very intelligent Viking troll that just because it’s negative doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

  24. stellarperformance says:
    April 13, 2018 at 9:47 am
    It’s a shame Favre had his sterling career cut short by being forced to play behind that turnstile O-line in Minnesota. He could’ve played at least five more years and possibly won a SuperBowl.

    Sorry for the negative commentary, but I learned from a very intelligent Viking troll that just because it’s negative doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
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    Favre had his best year ever behind that turnstile Oline. Makes you wonder about all of the lines the Packers had. Due to that turnstile Oline and the rest of the offense a Viking jersey will be hanging next to his Packer jersey in Canton, forever.

  25. Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 13, 2018 at 10:19 am
    stellarperformance says:
    April 13, 2018 at 9:47 am
    Favre had his best year ever behind that turnstile Oline. Makes you wonder about all of the lines the Packers had. Due to that turnstile Oline and the rest of the offense a Viking jersey will be hanging next to his Packer jersey in Canton, forever.
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    Oh no, not that. Anything but that. (Yawn.)

  26. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 13, 2018 at 11:36 am
    Why is it that every time a player leaves Green Bay to play for another team Packer “owners” trash that player?
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    Not sure what you mean. Examples?

  27. Nothing like watching this guy on Sundays. Thanks for an amazing ride.

    I hope he’s wrong, and I hope he is able to enjoy his golden years.

  28. stellarperformance says:
    April 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    April 13, 2018 at 11:36 am
    Why is it that every time a player leaves Green Bay to play for another team Packer “owners” trash that player?
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    Not sure what you mean. Examples

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    stellarperformance says:
    April 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    April 13, 2018 at 11:36 am
    Why is it that every time a player leaves Green Bay to play for another team Packer “owners” trash that player?
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    Not sure what you mean. Examples

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    Needs surgery if he plays for Green Bay, doesn’t need surgery playing for the Patriots. Then he has a bunch of trash to talk? I am calling BS on that one. Nice try though, Marty.

    Omg this dude and his brother are the ultimate turds. Do they even think about what they say hefire they say it. He pretty much tried to cook up a story saying the pack forced him to play against 3 independent doctors orders and he didn’t like that so they cut him. Now he is with the pats passing the physical practicing like there is no problems. He wanted the pack to ir him and just pay him so the lazy alone could take his money and run. Nope, he got cut and now he has to go out and earn it again but he stays in a premium situation. I couldn’t play alongside a selfish turd like Bennett. What a loser

    Good riddance. I was getting sick of his dropped passes and lack of effort. Always thought Ted Thompson was an idiot for letting Cook go and signing this clown

  29. “I remember one time when he came back in the game on a fourth and long after sitting out one play after getting smacked. He threw a 30-something yard TD then started jumping around like a little kid. That was during the Sherman era. I’m pretty sure Favre forced himself into the game.”

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    It was against the Raiders on the road, he didn’t even realize it was 4th down and he came back in and through a td to Javon Walker.

  30. Good riddance. I was getting sick of his dropped passes and lack of effort. Always thought Ted Thompson was an idiot for letting Cook go and signing this clown
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    Cook wasn’t any good either.

    Revisit the numbers. He was a zero.

    If not for that catch against the Cowboys, everyone would forget he played in Green Bay.

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