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.