The other morning, I saw Brett Favre, the former quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1992 to 2007, interviewed by Matt Laurer on the Today Show. The interview pertained to several hot topics in football, including head injuries and concussions sustained by players in football.
Anyone who loves and watches football knows that Brett Favre is legendary for his toughness on the football field. He played when he was injured and hurt.
Favre was the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers for 15 years, and the last 3 years of his career, he played for the New York Jets for 1 year and the Minnesota Vikings for 2 years. Throughout his career, he hardly missed a game. In fact, he didn’t miss a game until the 19th year of his career, after playing 297 consecutive regular-season games.
In the 20 years that Favre played, he was sacked 525 times and suffered other major hits. He says that the toll of playing football is “pretty high.” He suffers from memory loss and believes the memory loss is connected to the hits he took during his career. He also shared some of his problems with memory loss. His wife was talking about his youngest daughter playing soccer, and he couldn’t remember her playing soccer. He also finds that he can’t finish a sentence or remember a specific word.
As we have discussed in many of our PA and NJ sports injury accidents and traumatic brain injury articles, memory loss is one of the symptoms of a traumatic and permanent brain injury. See NFL Faces Lawsuit Related To Concussions & Permanent Brain Injuries From Former Football Players ; Coaches Need To Protect Players From Traumatic Brain Injuries In Contact Sports | PA NJ Sports Injury & Traumatic Brain injury Lawyers
Perhaps what surprised me, as well as Matt Laurer, during the interview was when Brett Favre said that if he had a son, he would be real leery of him playing football due to the physical toll that it could possibly take. He would have a hard time throwing him in the game.
Brett Favre is considered the face of football. He is a future Hall of Famer. For him to say that he may not let his son play football is a big deal. It further highlights the problem of head injuries and concussions in football.
Football is loved by millions of people, but with more and more players coming forward discussing their permanent brain injuries and other players who have died because of brain injuries, something has to be done to better protect the players.
If you or your loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury in a sports accident and want to know whether you have a case or not, please contact our PA and NJ sports accident lawyers at 877.944.8396. Having a traumatic brain injury can be devastating and you should not have to suffer because of someone else's negligence.
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