Brett Favre: Thousands Of Concussions

Steve Young and Brett Favre

Brett Favre played hard. We all know about the consecutive games streak. In that time, he took a lot of hits. Did he ever get a concussion?

He says he was diagnosed with three or four. He now feels he had hundreds or thousands.

Favre was on the TODAY show on Thursday morning, along with several other retired athletes, talking about how concussions and, potentially, CTE are affecting them.

Favre’s admission was a bit startling.

“As we’re learning about concussions, there’s a term that is often used in football, and maybe in other sports, that I got dinged,” Favre said.

“As [concussion expert Dr. Bennet Omalu], who was portrayed by Will Smith in the movie “Concussion” has said, “dinged” is a concussion. When you have ringing of the ears, seeing stars, that’s a concussion. If that is a concussion, I’ve had hundreds, probably thousands throughout my career, which is frightening.”

Thousands seems impossible, but hundreds, perhaps.

The way Favre played the game, you have to wonder. Throw in the fact that concussions weren’t a thing in the 1990s and you could see how Favre might not be far off.

There wasn’t a doctor on the sideline telling him not to go back in and if there was, he was going back in anyway. Not to joke, but maybe that would account for some of his many boneheaded throws.

Unfortunately, Favre now feels he might be experiencing the early stages of CTE, which has led to the suicide of a number of former players. Those include Junior Seau, Aaron Hernandez and Dave Duerson.

A lot of really great seasons among those guys.

You can see the full interview here.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

20 Comments on "Brett Favre: Thousands Of Concussions"

  1. Skinny

    Yea in the 90s he was balls to the wall on the field no doubt. I don’t want to see Brett as a broken down man with mental issues. I cant see that. That would just destroy me. Guy was my fuckin childhood hero growing up in WI. None of us want to see that. I hate to hear him talking about how he doesn’t know if he’s going to be around at 55-60 also.

  2. PF4L

    Yea, and Jim McMahon claims CTE and memory loss. But he can tell stories over 2, 3 decades ago in the smallest of details.

    Gettin paid.

    What’s Favre selling? I wasted my time on him interviewing with Greta. I’d listen to his interview now, but he’s a known liar, so i’ll leave that for the sheep.

    • Savage57

      Thousands? Yeah probably an overstatement. But at least the guy had the stones to accomplish something beyond sitting and sniping at the accomplishments and failings of others from the bold and brave internet peanut gallery.

      You and Wolfie need to start a petition to keep this egregious shit from happening.

      • PF4L

        “Probably” an overstatement….ya think? Thanks for clearing that up.

        Unfortunately Favre didn’t have the stones to not go on National TV and whine how the Packers are mistreating him and that they aren’t showing him enough love…..apparently he can’t be disrespected, but he can disrespect his wife while she has cancer. Those are some……stones.

        Favre is what he has proven to be. i’m not trying to change that. I’m just hoping that i can comment on it….if it’s ok with you. I’ll refrain from any more comments about Favre, until i have your blessing to do so.

        My comments about Favre, carry a lot more truth than his words speak, and….

        …you’re welcome.

  3. cz

    for all the greatness we saw from Favre on the field, it is hard to like him for all his off the field decisions.
    It would not surprise me if they examined his brain someday to try to get a settlement and found there was no brain to concuss.

    Blame big irv

  4. Mitch Anthony

    Not sure if CTE completely contributed to the death of a convicted murderer in prison addled with a whole host of emotional and other problems. That being said, try to find better examples than Aaron Hernandez. He was a thug and criminal who just happened to play a few years of football. Now people (not this particular article) try to excuse his behaviors away as if some clunks on his head caused him to be the ultimate garbage he turned out to be. I don’t buy that.

  5. Larry

    Brett will always be my hero. Growing up near Chicago was brutal for a GB fan but in the 90’s he changed all that. I am not prone to tears but that interview kinda choked me up. He was a rare player in the fact that there was never any questions about his heart and will to win.

    • PF4L

      He was also rare in the fact he was indifferent on throwing interceptions, a lot of the times smiling after throwing a pick. I’m not trying to say he didn’t care, well…yes i am. You know who else didn’t care? Jay “DON’T CARE” Cutler.

      I’ll get back about his thousands of concussions to show you the integrity of this Hillbilly, or lack thereof.

  6. PF4L

    On THE FAN, they are talking about the Packers signing Dez Bryant, who was released.

    Excuse me, but if that happened after letting Jordy go. I will drive to Green Bay with an ample amount of bail money, because i’ll need it.

  7. PF4L

    Hundreds…thousands of concussions…lmao.

    Ok, lets settle on 1,000.

    Favre has played approximately what….400 games going back to High School?

    He’d have to average over 2 concussions, in EVERY game he has played.

    How can anyone find anything that Favre says credible.

    • cz

      dont forget the side effects of practices, throwing blocks, vicodin, car crash, drinking and the rest of his other life choices

    • Kato

      Hundreds is even stupid. If he indeed had that many he would be a vegetable. A dozen or so would be more plausible.

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