It can’t look good for the NFL or football in general when one of the game’s living legends openly talks about how violent the sport is. Yes, we all know football can be detrimental to one’s health, especially at a young age. However, it means something more when former quarterback Brett Favre discusses how he would never allow his son to play the sport that made him a world-famous athlete.
To be clear, Favre doesn’t have a son, but it is the world famous part that is a big reason why Favre wouldn’t want his boy to play. Living up to what Favre accomplished in his storied career would be no easy task. Just look at what Michael Jordan’s kids have to deal with in basketball. Of course, the bigger issue isn’t following in Favre’s footsteps in the sense of accomplishments. It is going through all of the horrific concussions and other injuries Favre endured during his impressive iron man streak.
“It’s a violent sport, and for two reasons I don’t know if I’d let him play,” Favre said, according to Pro Football Talk. “The pressures to, you know, live up to what your dad had done, but most importantly the damage that is done by playing. I don’t know if I would let him play.”
This isn’t the first time Favre has had this discussion with members of the media. Back in November, Favre told Today Show host Matt Lauer that he wouldn’t want any of his children to play a physical sport, especially if he had a son who wanted to play football.
This is much more than Favre trying to stay relevant in the sport. The man was sacked a whopping 525 times and he has dealt with some very scary injuries over the course of his 20-year career. That includes issues with his memory since leaving the game, which is no doubt a direct result of the numerous concussions he suffered during his playing days.