Favre Fears Lasting Concussion Effects from 20-Year NFL Career

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Dayton Daily News (Ohio)
October 26, 2013 Saturday
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Favre: Memory loss 'scary';
Former QB, 44, is concerned about concussion effects.;
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In what turned out to be his final NFL play, Brett Favre lays on the frozen turf at TCF Bank Stadium on Dec. 20, 2010, after a sack by the Bears briefly knocked him unconscious. "I was completely out, 10-15 seconds,'' he said years later.

Brett Favre told Washington radio station WSPZ-AM on Thursday that he fears he is experiencing symptoms related to concussions he sustained during his 20-year NFL career.

Favre's concern about memory loss was raised in the interview in which he said the St. Louis Rams reached out to him about playing for them.

Favre, 44, who said he is enjoying spending time with his family, said he thinks he is experiencing memory loss, when asked about concussions.

"I don't remember my daughter playing soccer, playing youth soccer, one summer," he said. "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 mirst time in 44 years, that put a little fear in me."

He said he is considering seeing a doctor but is not sure what can be done at this point.

Favre said in the interview that he has no interest in coming back, and that he is staying in shape for his own well-being.

He said he watches NFL games and has been coaching a high school football team, but only because he enjoys teaching kids and it passes time. He reiterated that he does not need to be around an NFL team or be involved as an analyst to mill any void.

"The NFL was everything I thought it would be and then some," Favre said. "It was tough, it was fun, it was rewarding. But I thought I didn't need to stick around, I didn't need to be a part of it to feel like I still had a purpose in life."

The news that the Rams reached out to Favre - more precisely, Favre's agent - about the possibility of joining the team spread like a brush-mire Thursday. But in the end there wasn't a whole lot to it.

Favre has the same agent, Bus Cook, as free agent quarterback Austin Davis. And in the process of signing Davis, the Rams did bring up Favre's name in passing, league sources said. However, an unnamed Rams ofmicial told NFL.com that the inquiry was made "in jest.''

In any event, Favre's name was brought up in conversations with Cook about re-signing Davis, but it was several steps short of being a full-court press by St. Louis.

October 26, 2013

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