Of all the risks professional athletes take, the risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy is one of the biggest. Football players are the most susceptible to this disease, much more so than athletes in other sports. Now, one beloved former NFL player is speaking out about the troubling reality of life after football.
Brett Favre’s Hall Of Fame Legend
Iconic quarterback Brett Favre easily earned the nickname “The Gunslinger” for his precision. While he retired in 2011, many of his NFL records – including most pass completions – still stand.
Favre recently spoke to CNN, and made it clear that he feels the effects of concussions he suffered as a football player. His constant memory loss causes him to fear for his life and his relationship with his family.
Favre’s legendary football career came to an end after he suffered a head injury on the frozen turf at TCF Bank Stadium.
Helmets Can Only Do So Much
“Concussions will continue to be a serious issue. There’s only so much that helmets can do. So we’ll look at it from a treatment standpoint. And the only other option is not to play,” Favre told CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour.
In the past, Favre admitted to playing several games with a concussion. “People have asked me how many concussions I’ve had and I say, ‘I don’t remember,'” he told the New York Times back in 2013.
Protecting The Future
While Favre might seem a bit crazy for insisting others avoid the sport, some players have expressed the same feeling. In 2017, Bo Jackson told USA Today, “I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they wouldn’t tell anybody.” The athlete also stated that he would rather his children avoid football and take up any other sport.
In 2017, it was discovered that out of 111 brains of dead football players examined, 110 of them had CTE. Two years prior to this unveiling, the NFL spent $75 million in settling lawsuits with various players suffering from the condition. The scary thing is that there’s no actual treatment for this disease yet.