Posted November 15, 2013

Brett Favre: I’d be ‘leery’ of a son playing football

Brett Favre owns nearly every NFL record for passing. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Brett Favre, who won three straight NFL MVP awards, owns nearly every record for passing. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Retired quarterback Brett Favre said if he had a son that he would be “real leery” of letting him play football.

Favre, who has two daughters, appeared on the Today show for an interview that will air Monday. He spoke about the concussion issue, his future, and bullying in the NFL.

“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.

SI WIRE: Poll: 40 percent of Americans support ban on tackle football before high school

Favre, 44, started in an NFL-record 297 consecutive regular season games and says that he is starting to have some form of memory loss, even forgetting that his daughter played soccer.

“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.”

On bullying, Favre said his initial reaction to the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito saga was that he couldn’t believe a 320 pound man could be bullied.

“My initial reaction was, ‘You gotta be kidding me,”’ Favre said. “Pro football – bullying? It’s the toughest sport, most violent, not to mention you’re men, some older than others. So it’s not like a little 12-year-old on the playground.”


The NFL will never be what it once was.  Many people watch the game for the big hits.  The game is clearly heading down the road to a 2 hand touch league and many spectators will look elsewhere for their entertainment.  Parents are pulling their children from the game.  That's all you need to know for the future of the NFL.


The NFL no longer exists as it once did, it's only a matter of time before society no longer tolerates the medical consequences of the sport. I'm just glad that I was able to witness it in it's full glory but it hasn't been that way for more than 10 years now.


Well why don't you publish his entire quote about being “real leery”.  What context was is in?  He can be “real leery” about a lot of things.