Brett Favre was one of the toughest quarterbacks in the NFL, and it took a significant toll on his health despite the fact he didn’t miss many games.
During an appearance on The Bubba Army radio show this week, Favre got fans worried when he stated he believes he suffered “thousands” of concussions during his 20-year NFL career.
“Concussions happen all the time,” Favre said. “You get tackled and your head hits the turf, you see flashes of light or ringing in your ears but you’re able to play—that’s a concussion.”
Favre added: “So, based on that, [I’ve suffered] thousands. Had to be, because every time my head hit the turf, there was ringing or stars going, flash bulbs … but I was still able to play.”
His scariest concussioncame in 2004 when he suffered a head injury against the Giants before throwing a touchdown pass. At the time, Favre apparently couldn’t remember making the pass.
“That’s what’s kind of frightening about the concussion thing — it’s the ones that seem minor that do the damage ’cause you’re able to play and keep going,” Favre said.
In his stints with the Falcons, Packers, NY Jets, and Vikings, he was sacked 525 times just in regular season games alone.
He has now famously become an advocate for head injury awareness — pleading for a ban on youth tackle football in order to protect young brains.