Brett Favre estimates he had ‘thousands’ of concussions during 20-year NFL career

Brett Favre constructed a mystique during his 20-year NFL career not solely as one of the sport’s most prolific passers, but additionally one of its most sturdy quarterbacks.

Favre, who began 321 straight video games from 1992 by the top of his career in 2010, estimated he suffered “thousands” of concussions during that point. The longtime Packers quarterback, who additionally performed with the Jets and Vikings, made that estimation in an look on “The Bubba Army” this week.

Favre beforehand believed he solely had three concussions during his taking part in career — cases which match outdated understanding of what constitutes a concussion.

“If you had asked me this 10 years ago, how many concussions I had, I would have said three,” Favre stated. “The reason I would have said three, I thought concussions were where you get knocked out, where you black out, for a period of time you don’t know where you are, memory loss, dizzy. A boxer gets knocked and tries to get up, his legs are rubber. That’s a concussion.”

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He stated his understanding and definition of what constituted a concussion modified in newer years, nevertheless. Favre stated he realized that any time his head hit the bottom — leading to seemingly innocuous flashing lights or ringing ears — he had a concussion.

“So, based on that, thousands,” Favre stated. “Had to be, as a result of each time my head hit the turf, there was ringing or stars going, flash bulbs, however I used to be nonetheless capable of play.

“That’s what’s kind of frightening about the concussion thing. It’s the ones that seem minor that do the damage, because you’re able to keep going, and still today, there’s probably guys that have them, they’re ‘I’m not going out.’”

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One of essentially the most notable examples of Favre struggling a concussion appeared on the ultimate play of his ultimate recreation within the league. Favre took a tough sack in opposition to the Bears on “Monday Night Football,” leaving him face down on the bottom for a number of moments earlier than exiting the sport.

Favre’s taking part in career primarily ended that play, as he was inactive for the rest of the Vikings’ season.

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