The old gunslinger is talking concussions.
The Green Bay Packers legendary Quarterback played 20 years in the NFL. Favre played for the Falcons, Packers, Jets, and Minnesota Vikings, and over the course of his career racked up tons of hits. In the process of playing his backyard style of football, Farve believes that he’s had a ton of concussions. Back in 2018, Favre spoke with CNN and said that the only way to make football safer is not to play. He spoke out against youth tackle football.
You can watch Favre explain to CNN below:
Since that interview, football on every level has been been focusing on protecting the brains of athletes, and in recent years doing all they can for players to avoid head injuries. Still as safe as helmets have become, concussions still frequently happen.
Favre told CNN that when his career officially ended, he would have estimated that he had only two, maybe at most three concussions. Now all these years later, Favre believes that number to be totally inaccurate.
In a recent interview with The Bubba Army, Favre opened up on concussions and thinks the real number near or greater than the four-figure range.
“Concussions happen all the time,” Favre said. “You get tackled and your head hits the turf, you see flashes of light or ringing in your ears but you’re able to play — that’s a concussion.”
“So, based on that, [I’ve suffered] thousands. Had to be, because every time my head hit the turf, there was ringing or stars going, flash bulbs … but I was still able to play.”
Favre was sacked over 500 times in his career, he finished with 525, which is nothing to sneeze at considering that doesn’t factor in playoffs.
Favre believes it’s the ones he doesn’t remember that are the scariest ones.
“That’s what’s kind of frightening about the concussion thing — it’s the ones that seem minor that do the damage ’cause you’re able to play and keep going,” Favre said.
Hopefully Favre doesn’t end up with CTE, which happens to a lot of athletes who endure head trauma. At any rate it’s good to see Favre opening up about a problem that wiill continue to effect players past and present.
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