Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre appeared on the Today show for an interview that will air Monday and weighed in on the concussion debate in the NFL. Favre has two daughters, but told Today show host Matt Lauer that if he had a son, “I would be real leery of him playing” football.
Favre cites the obvious physical toll it takes as the primary reason. Favre also thinks his son would face a lot of pressure.
“In some respects, I’m almost glad I don’t have a son because of the pressures he would face. Also the physical toll that it could possibly take on him, not to mention if he never made it, he’s gonna be a failure in everyone’s eyes. But more the physical toll that it could take,” Favre said.
Favre is already experiencing some of the long-term symptoms of concussions and playing football.
“I think to me the wakeup call was (wife) Deanna and I were talking recently, and she was talking about Breleigh, our youngest, playing soccer,” he said. “I’ve pretty much made every game that she’s ever played (in) basketball, volleyball. She played softball one year, she played basketball a couple years. As I find out, she played soccer. I don’t remember her playing soccer. She played right over here, and that was probably where my first inclination that something ain’t right.”
That is scary, and you can understand his view point.