Brett Favre’s status as the NFL’s ironman came with a dark side, as he explained in a recent podcast. During an appearance on “The Bubba Army” radio show this week, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer was asked how many serious head injuries he sustained during his 20-season professional career.
His full response:
“The thing about concussions is we still don’t know a lot about them. If you had asked me this 10 years ago, how many concussions I had, I would have said three. 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.
“What we now know is concussions happen all the time. You get tackled and your head hits the turf, you see the flashes of light or ringing in your ears, but you’re able to play.
“So, based on that, 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. 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.’”
His final NFL game ended in a concussion, with a rough sack from the Chicago Bears leaving him facedown and motionless for several seconds. (sports.yahoo.com)