Football is a dangerous game. Brett Favre knows all about that. Over the course of a 20-year career, Favre got hit. A LOT. In all, he would take 525 sacks. He would play through countless injuries. Given all this, he knows that tomorrow is uncertain. In fact, he doesn’t know what tomorrow may hold.
“I’m able to function the way I so choose, at least up to this point. I stay active. … Tomorrow may be totally different. Tomorrow I may not remember who I am, I may not know where I live, and that’s the frightening thing for us football players.”
But what about the future of football? What about his grandchildren? Favre knows that with his name comes a legacy. But he’s in no rush to see them play the game he spent decades playing.
“I’m not going to encourage him to play football. I’m not saying I would discourage him, but I would be cringing every time I saw my grandson get tackled, because I know, physically, what’s at stake.”
His oldest grandchild, who is eight years old, is still very much a child. But Favre knows how early this game can grab you. He also knows how quickly this game can break you. As the years pass, more and more concussions come to the forefront. But it’s not just concussions, it’s the general meat grinder that the game of football can be. Bodies are broken on a weekly basis, and as the game gets faster the injuries get worse. Especially when it comes to the brain.
Favre knows there’s no reason to push it. The irony being, of course, that the gunslinger would make a career out of pushing it. Sometimes it just takes folks a little bit of time to realize it.