Brett Favre said that he blacked out in his last NFL appearance. (Credit: AP File Photo)
Retired quarterback Brett Favre took a whole lot of hits throughout his 20-year NFL career. He also got up from a lot of those hits, setting the NFL record for most consecutive regular season starts with 297 in a row. However, all players eventually hit the proverbial wall. Favre hit that wall in his final game, on Monday Night Football as his Minnesota Vikings were playing the Chicago Bears.
In an interview with The Bob and Dan Show on Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket in Dallas, Favre said that he was knocked out cold and was extremely confused. He even lost track of which team the Vikings were playing. ESPNWisconsin’s Jason Wilde provided all the details here:
“My last play, actually the only time in my career when I was completely out. 10-15 seconds,” Favre said. “Miserable night, the dome had collapsed, our season had gone from bad to worse. I didn’t have to play in the game, wanted to. I remember telling myself in pregame, ‘You’re an idiot. What do you stand to gain in this?’ But I thought, ‘I’ll survive this game, I’ll be fine.’
“(It was) one of the most minor hits I’ve ever (taken). The guy didn’t even hit me, he pushed me. I threw the ball, and the field of course was solid ice, it was like concrete. He pushed me, I slip, fall, nothing hurt, i hit the left side of my head, and the next thing I remember, I was snoring as our trainer is kind of shaking me, saying, ‘Are you OK?’ I look at the footage, even though it wasn’t long, there was that 10-15 second period where I was asleep.
“I remember looking at our trainer Suge (Eric Sugarman) and saying, ‘Suge, what are the Bears doing here?’ He’s like, ‘Ah, you come over here with me, buddy.’ As I started figuring it out as I was getting to the sidelines, i thought, ‘Now, if there was ever a time where the writing is on the wall, this is it.’”
Favre came back from numerous retirements and near-retirements, and withstood so many injuries over the years, but there came a time when enough was enough. If Favre tried to keep playing, who knows how dangerous Favre’s concussion could have gotten.
With all we know about concussions from recent research efforts, Favre may have picked a good time to finally call it a career.
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