Brett Favre is a well-known member of the NFL old guard. Back in his professional days, he was one of the most well-known names, starting at quarterback for a record-setting 237 consecutive games.
His reputation for his toughness on the field is known to be legendary, but the Hall of Famer is doing all he can in order to protect the younger generations from having to go through the head trauma he has to go through from his many years playing full-contact tackle football.
Favre has now partnered with the “Concussion Legacy Foundation” in order to encourage all parents to prevent their children from taking part in playing full-contact tackle football before they reach the age of 14 years old. As stated by the CLF, a “child’s odds of developing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) double every additional three years they play tackle football.”
“Having kids play before high school is just not worth the risk,” Favre stated in a comment. “CTE is a terrible disease, and we need to do everything we can to prevent it for the next generation of football players.”
— Concussion Legacy Foundation (@ConcussionLF) August 17, 2021
Favre stepped up with the crew at NBC on “Today” in order to talk about his new partnership as well as the total impacts of CTE.
“I don’t know what normal feels like,” Favre stated when he was asked how he was feeling. “Do I have CTE or early-onset? I really don’t know, but I can’t complain. I’m able to do and function as I please for the most part.”
“Concussions are a very, very serious thing. And we’re just scraping the service of how severe they are and what are the repercussions.”
Favre does not have any sons of his own, but he does have three grandsons and he was asked what he would tell them about waiting until they reach 14 in order to play tackle football.
“Well, they’re 11, 7, and 4, and have not mentioned playing football at all. I am not going to mention it as well. If they choose to play, I will support them, but I am not going to encourage them in any way to play. I’m just fearful of what concussions can do. And it only takes one … It’s just too risky.”
“Concussions are going to happen. Whether it be the playground, in the car, elderly falling, sports,” Favre went on. “All sports have concussions. So, I’m not going to encourage them to play until there’s a treatment. Right now it’s all prevention and as we know, you can only do so much and concussions are going to happen.”
The new discoveries around CTE have had a significant impact on the way the game of football has been played for the past few years. Both college ball and the NFL have made massive rule changes with the intent of reducing injuries to the head.