Scott: There has been a lot of talk about how physically intense the game of football is and the dangers of playing it. And no one player knows that more than legendary quarterback Brett Favre. And the retired National Football League all-star says that after playing a record 297 games in a row, he is starting to recognize some alarming signs. Keith Kocinski has more.
Keith: For twenty seasons, Brett Favre stared down some of the biggest, meanest players in the NFL, and won. Now retired, Favre says something else has him scared.
Brett Favre: I don’t remember my daughter playing soccer – youth soccer – one summer. I don’t remember that.
Keith: Brett Favre retired from the Minnesota Vikings following the 2010 season. He recently told Washington sports radio station WSPZ he is experiencing memory loss.
Favre: So that’s a little bit scary to me. For the first time in forty-four years, that’s put a little fear in me.
Keith: Favre’s career ended with a concussion in 2010, and he worries all of those head injuries piled up over the years may be taking a toll.
It is not a new problem facing pro football veterans. In August, the NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle lawsuits from more than 4,000 former players, claiming their conditions were caused by repeated concussions.
Dr. Robert Glatter: Often the CT scans, or the initial scans we do after a suspected head injury which is severe, may be normal but there’s functional changes; changes involving memory.
Keith: And in a stand to help other players down the line, some former NFL players even donated their brains to science. Of the thirty-four who died and donated their brains to research, 90% of them have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is a degenerative brain disease.
As for Favre, he says he knows his career has taken a toll on his body.
Favre: After twenty years, God only knows the toll.
Keith: Favre says now he is trying to enjoy his retirement with his family.
Keith Kocinski, Channel One News.