What started out as a cute little story this week when 44-year-old NFL veteran Brett Favre was (jokingly) invited by the St. Louis Rams to come out of retirement to be the Rams’ quarterback, turned out to be another serious look at the potential dangers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) suffered by football players.
On Oct. 25, Today reported Favre as saying that he was suffering from some “scary” lapses in memory.
MSN reported that not only did Favre say “no thanks” to the possibility of returning to active play with the NFL, he also confessed to suffering from memory loss due to taking too many hits during his 20 years on the NFL gridiron.
The veteran quarterback confessed to not being able to remember an entire summer of his daughter playing youth soccer.
“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. For the first time in 44 years, that put a little fear in me. … I think after 20 years, God only knows the toll.”
This August, the NFL settled a $765 million lawsuit brought against the league by more than 4,500 former football players who had claimed concussive-related injuries.
But by September, according to The Bleacher Report, concerns were already being raised that the amount of the settlement wasn’t enough, and that the settlement was designed in such a way as to exclude some of the older NFL players.
Favre played the majority of his 20 year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers. He also served as quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, and Minnesota Vikings.
Favre has the distinction of being the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 70,000 yards, over 500 touchdowns, over 300 interceptions, over 6,000 completions, and over 10,000 pass attempts.
For more on Brett Favre’s concerns over his memory loss, see the video accompanying this article.
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