Brett Favre Opens Up About Concussions And Football On Megyn Kelly TODAY | Megyn Kelly TODAY

Brett Favre Opens Up About Concussions And Football On Megyn Kelly TODAY | Megyn Kelly TODAY
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>>>GOOD MORN, EVERYONEING, EVER>>>GOOD MORN, EVERYONEING, EVER IM MEGYN KELLY. IM MEGYN KELLY. WE BEGIN WITH FOUR OF THE MOST WE BEGIN WITH FOUR OF THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED ATHLETES IN ACCOMPLISHED ATHLETES IN AMERICA. AMERICA. TOGETHER HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME
WITH A WARNING FOR PARENTS ABOUT WITH A WARNING FOR PARENTS ABOUT
BRAIN HEALTH AND SPORTS. BRAIN HEALTH AND SPORTS.
FIRST, SOME BACKGROUND. FIRST, SOME BACKGROUND. IN FEBRUARY ON THIS PROGRAM, WE
SAT DOWN WITH FORMER NFL PLAYER SAT DOWN WITH FORMER NFL PLAYER
MIKE ADAMLY AND DISCUSSED HIS MIKE ADAMLY AND DISCUSSED HIS
LASTING EFFECTS OF TRAUMATIC LASTING EFFECTS OF TRAUMATIC
BRAIN INJURY FROM HIS YEARS IN BRAIN INJURY FROM HIS YEARS IN SPORTS. SPORTS. AFTER SEEING THAT SEGMENT,
FORMER NFL QUARTERBACK BRETT FORMER NFL QUARTERBACK BRETT
FAVRE REACHED OUT TO US AND HAD FAVRE REACHED OUT TO US AND HAD
A LOT TO SAY ABOUT CONCUSSIONS A LOT TO SAY ABOUT CONCUSSIONS
AND THE EFFECT THOSE INJURIES AND THE EFFECT THOSE INJURIES
HAVE HAD ON HIS OWN CAREER, AS HAVE HAD ON HIS OWN CAREER, AS
WELL AS HIS FEAR FOR KIDS WELL AS HIS FEAR FOR KIDS
PLAYING CONTACT SPORTS. PLAYING CONTACT SPORTS. BEFORE WE KNEW IT, A GROUP OF BEFORE WE KNEW IT, A GROUP OF NFL MVPs AND WORLD SERIES NFL MVPs AND WORLD SERIES WINNERS AND GOLD MEDALISTS WERE WINNERS AND GOLD MEDALISTS WERE IN TOUCH WITH US, WITH STORIES
AND WARNINGS OF THEIR OWN.RIES AND WARNINGS OF THEIR OWN.
BUT FIRST, BRETT FAVRE. BUT FIRST, BRETT FAVRE.
SUPER BOWL XXXI CHAMPION SUPER BOWL XXXI CHAMPION
QUARTERBACK AND THREE-TIME MVP, QUARTERBACK AND THREE-TIME MVP,
BRETT FAVRE, BROKE JUST ABOUT BRETT FAVRE, BROKE JUST ABOUT
EVERY RECORD IN FOOTBALL DURING EVERY RECORD IN FOOTBALL DURING
HIS CAREER. HIS CAREER.>>BRETT, VERY SLOW TO GET UP.
>>THOSE WINS AND RECORDS CAME>>THOSE WINS AND RECORDS CAME
AT A PRICE. AT A PRICE.
>>BRETT FAVRE HAS A CONCUSSION,>>BRETT FAVRE HAS A CONCUSSION,
SO HIS RETURN IS EXTREMELY SO HIS RETURN IS EXTREMELY
DOUBTFUL. DOUBTFUL.>>ONE OR TWO PLAYS INTO THE>>ONE OR TWO PLAYS INTO THE SECOND QUARTER, I FELT A LITTLE SECOND QUARTER, I FELT A LITTLE SWING PASS TO THE LEFT.
GUY JUST BUMPS INTO ME. GUY JUST BUMPS INTO ME.
HARMLESS HIT, NO BIG DEAL. HARMLESS HIT, NO BIG DEAL.
AS IM FALLING TO THE TURF, THE AS IM FALLING TO THE TURF, THE
SIDE OF MY HEAD HITS THE TURF. SIDE OF MY HEAD HITS THE TURF. BAM, THE LIGHTS WERE OUT. BAM, THE LIGHTS WERE OUT.>>IN “SHOCKED,” A DOCUMENTARY
PRODUCED BY FAVRE, HE SHINES A PRODUCED BY FAVRE, HE SHINES A
LIGHT ON CONCUSSIONS IN SPORTS LIGHT ON CONCUSSIONS IN SPORTS
AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO
REDUCE THE RISK FOR ALL REDUCE THE RISK FOR ALL
ATHLETES. ATHLETES.>>WE KNOW THE RISKS OF HEAD
INJURIES AND CONCUSSIONS, THOUGH INJURIES AND CONCUSSIONS, THOUGH
NOT A GREAT DEAL, BUT WHAT WE NOT A GREAT DEAL, BUT WHAT WE
KNOW, ITS NOT GOOD. KNOW, ITS NOT GOOD.
YOU KNOW, THERES — ITS NOT YOU KNOW, THERES — ITS NOT
REPARABLE. REPARABLE.>>ITS NOT JUST PROFESSIONAL>>ITS NOT JUST PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS WHO SUFFER FOOTBALL PLAYERS WHO SUFFER CONCUSSIONS. CONCUSSIONS.>>WHEN MY HEAD HIT THE TURF, IT>>WHEN MY HEAD HIT THE TURF, IT HIT SO HARD, WITH SO MUCH HIT SO HARD, WITH SO MUCH IMPACT, IT BOUNCED UP AND HIT IT IMPACT, IT BOUNCED UP AND HIT IT AGAIN, CAUSING ME TO GET AGAIN, CAUSING ME TO GET WHIPLASH AND A SPRAINED NECK.
>>GRACE WAS IN SEVENTH WHEN HE>>GRACE WAS IN SEVENTH WHEN HE
SUFFERED HER SECOND CONCUSSION, SUFFERED HER SECOND CONCUSSION,
AND SHE HASNT BEEN THE SAME AND SHE HASNT BEEN THE SAME
SINCE. SINCE.>>I DONT FEEL NORMAL.
I HAVENT FELT NORMAL SINCE I I HAVENT FELT NORMAL SINCE I
WAS 13 YEARS OLD. WAS 13 YEARS OLD.
IM NOW 17. IM NOW 17.
>>FAVRE HAS STRONG FEELINGS>>FAVRE HAS STRONG FEELINGS
ABOUT HIS OWN CHILDREN PLAYING ABOUT HIS OWN CHILDREN PLAYING
FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL.>>IF I HAD A SON MYSELF, I>>IF I HAD A SON MYSELF, I SUPPOSE I COULD MAKE HIM NOT
PLAY, BUT I WOULD REALLY, REALLY PLAY, BUT I WOULD REALLY, REALLY
STRONGLY DISCOURAGE HIM FROM STRONGLY DISCOURAGE HIM FROM
PLAYING. PLAYING.
THAT SEEMS TO SURPRISE PEOPLE THAT SEEMS TO SURPRISE PEOPLE
WHEN I TELL THEM THAT. WHEN I TELL THEM THAT.
SO WHAT? SO WHAT?
YOURE IRON MAN, DONT REMEMBER YOURE IRON MAN, DONT REMEMBER
WHAT YOURE DOING? WHAT YOURE DOING?
CANT REMEMBER WHERE YOUR CAR CANT REMEMBER WHERE YOUR CAR
KEYS ARE, HOW TO GET HOME. KEYS ARE, HOW TO GET HOME.
I CAN ONLY HOPE AND PRAY THAT AT I CAN ONLY HOPE AND PRAY THAT AT
55 OR 60, I DONT SUFFER THE 55 OR 60, I DONT SUFFER THE
SAME THINGS THAT SOME OF THESE SAME THINGS THAT SOME OF THESE
OTHER GUYS THAT WERE PORTRAYED OTHER GUYS THAT WERE PORTRAYED
IN MOVIES SUFFERED. IN MOVIES SUFFERED.
>>BRETT FAVRE JOINS US NOW VIA>>BRETT FAVRE JOINS US NOW VIA
REMOTE. REMOTE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING
HERE. YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. THE NUMBER OF YEARS YOU PLAYED, THE NUMBER OF YEARS YOU PLAYED, ABOUT 20, OVER THAT TIME, HOW
MANY CONCUSSIONS WOULD YOU SAY MANY CONCUSSIONS WOULD YOU SAY
YOU SUFFERED? YOU SUFFERED?
>>THAT I KNOW OF, THREE, FOUR,>>THAT I KNOW OF, THREE, FOUR,
MAYBE. MAYBE. AS WERE LEARNING ABOUT
CONCUSSIONS, THERES A TERM THAT CONCUSSIONS, THERES A TERM THAT
IS OFTEN USED IN FOOTBALL, AND IS OFTEN USED IN FOOTBALL, AND
MAYBE IN OTHER SPORTS, THAT I MAYBE IN OTHER SPORTS, THAT I
GOT DINGED. GOT DINGED.
AS DOCTOR OMALU, WHO WAS AS DOCTOR OMALU, WHO WAS
PORTRAYED BY WILL SMITH IN THE PORTRAYED BY WILL SMITH IN THE
MOVIE “CONCUSSION” HAS SAID, MOVIE “CONCUSSION” HAS SAID,
DINGED IS A CONCUSSION. DINGED IS A CONCUSSION.
WHEN YOU HAVE RINGING OF THE WHEN YOU HAVE RINGING OF THE
EARS, SEEING STARS, THATS A EARS, SEEING STARS, THATS A
CONCUSSION. CONCUSSION. IF THAT IS A CONCUSSION, IVE
HAD HUNDREDS, PROBABLY THOUSANDS HAD HUNDREDS, PROBABLY THOUSANDS
THROUGHOUT MY CAREER. THROUGHOUT MY CAREER.
>>WOW.>>WOW.
I MEAN, WHEN — I MEAN, WHEN —
>>WHICH IS FRIGHTENING.>>WHICH IS FRIGHTENING.
>>WHEN YOURE PLAYING, OF>>WHEN YOURE PLAYING, OF
COURSE, THERE IS AN ATTITUDE OF COURSE, THERE IS AN ATTITUDE OF
YOU PLAY HURT. YOU PLAY HURT.
PLAYERS PLAY HURT. PLAYERS PLAY HURT.
>>UH-HUH.>>UH-HUH.
>>DID YOU REALIZE AT THE TIME>>DID YOU REALIZE AT THE TIME
THIS WAS HAPPENING, HOW THIS WAS HAPPENING, HOW
DANGEROUS IT COULD POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS IT COULD POTENTIALLY
BE FOR YOU? BE FOR YOU?
>>ABSOLUTELY NOT.>>ABSOLUTELY NOT.
ABSOLUTELY NOT. ABSOLUTELY NOT.
NOT UNTIL — I PLAYED 20 YEARS. NOT UNTIL — I PLAYED 20 YEARS.
YEAR 18, 19, 20 IS WHEN THE NFL YEAR 18, 19, 20 IS WHEN THE NFL
IMPLEMENTED THE CONCUSSION IMPLEMENTED THE CONCUSSION
PROTOCOL TESTING. PROTOCOL TESTING.
YOU KNOW, I HAVENT PLAYED 17 YOU KNOW, I HAVENT PLAYED 17
YEARS UP TO THAT POINT. YEARS UP TO THAT POINT.
MY BASELINE TEST WHICH THEY DID MY BASELINE TEST WHICH THEY DID
IN MAYBE YEAR 18, WHERE YOU ARE IN MAYBE YEAR 18, WHERE YOU ARE
AT THIS POINT IN YOUR CAREER, AT THIS POINT IN YOUR CAREER,
THERE HAD BEEN ENORMOUS AMOUNTS THERE HAD BEEN ENORMOUS AMOUNTS
OF INJURY THAT HAD TAKEN PLACE OF INJURY THAT HAD TAKEN PLACE
IN THOSE 17, 18 YEARS. IN THOSE 17, 18 YEARS.
YOU KNOW, MY TEST WAS SKEWED YOU KNOW, MY TEST WAS SKEWED
SOMEWHAT. SOMEWHAT. SO, REALLY, THEN AT THAT POINT SO, REALLY, THEN AT THAT POINT IN MY CAREER, AND AT THAT POINT
IN THE NFLS EARLY STAGES, THERE IN THE NFLS EARLY STAGES, THERE
WAS NOTHING PRIOR TO THAT. WAS NOTHING PRIOR TO THAT.
>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.
>>YOU SAW OLDER PLAYERS,>>YOU SAW OLDER PLAYERS,
RETIRED PLAYERS, THEY WOULD WALK RETIRED PLAYERS, THEY WOULD WALK
WITH A LIMP. WITH A LIMP. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, YOU SAW — I MEAN, YOU KNOW, YOU SAW — THATS WHAT IM GOING TO LOOK THATS WHAT IM GOING TO LOOK LIKE SOMEDAY WHEN I PLAY.
THATS THE PRICE THAT YOU PAY. THATS THE PRICE THAT YOU PAY.
NOW, I THINK THE FOCUS IS ON NOW, I THINK THE FOCUS IS ON
YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. YOUR MENTAL HEALTH.
YOURE GOING TO HAVE A KNEE, YOURE GOING TO HAVE A KNEE,
HIP, SHOULDER, THOSE TYPE OF HIP, SHOULDER, THOSE TYPE OF
ISSUES. ISSUES. THATS JUST PART OF IT.
BUT HEAD INJURIES AND. BUT HEAD INJURIES AND
CONCUSSIONS WERE NEVER CONCUSSIONS WERE NEVER
CONSIDERED A PROBLEM FOR LONG CONSIDERED A PROBLEM FOR LONG
TERM. TERM.>>YOUR BRAIN IS WHO YOU ARE.
>>UNTIL NOW. IS WHO YOU ARE.>>UNTIL NOW.>>I MEAN, ITS DIFFERENT THAN
HAVING A HURT KNEE.ERENT THAN HAVING A HURT KNEE.
YOUR BRAIN IS WHO YOU ARE AND YOUR BRAIN IS WHO YOU ARE AND
HOW YOU LOVE AND HOW YOU HOW YOU LOVE AND HOW YOU
INTERACT WITH THE WORLD. INTERACT WITH THE WORLD.
>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.
>>WHAT SYMPTOMS HAVE YOU>>WHAT SYMPTOMS HAVE YOU
SUFFERED? SUFFERED?
>>WELL, I CONSIDER MYSELF>>WELL, I CONSIDER MYSELF
SOMEWHAT FORTUNATE UP TO THIS SOMEWHAT FORTUNATE UP TO THIS
POINT, BECAUSE HAVING PLAYED 20 POINT, BECAUSE HAVING PLAYED 20
YEARS, 19 MAYBE, I THINK 19 WITH YEARS, 19 MAYBE, I THINK 19 WITH
TWO GAMES MISSED, SO NONSTOP. TWO GAMES MISSED, SO NONSTOP.
YOUD THINK THERES BEEN MORE YOUD THINK THERES BEEN MORE
DAMAGE NOT ONLY TO THE BRAIN BUT DAMAGE NOT ONLY TO THE BRAIN BUT
TO THE BODY. TO THE BODY. I FEEL AS THOUGH IM LUCKY AT
THIS POINT.HOUGH IM LUCKY AT THIS POINT.
BUT I DO HAVE SOME — ONE OF THE BUT I DO HAVE SOME — ONE OF THE
THINGS, I THINK, THAT HELPED ME THINGS, I THINK, THAT HELPED ME
THROUGHOUT MY CAREER WAS I WAS THROUGHOUT MY CAREER WAS I WAS
ABLE TO — I CANT SAY THAT I ABLE TO — I CANT SAY THAT I
WAS THE BEST PLAYER — BUT I WAS THE BEST PLAYER — BUT I
REMEMBERED DEFENSES, NAMES, REMEMBERED DEFENSES, NAMES,
PLAYS. PLAYS. IN FACT, I COULD GO BACK AND IN FACT, I COULD GO BACK AND CALL THE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYS THAT CALL THE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYS THAT I HAD RAN. I HAD RAN. TO A CERTAIN DEGREE, I CAN STILL TO A CERTAIN DEGREE, I CAN STILL DO THAT. DO THAT. I FIND MORE SHORT-TERM MEMORY, I FIND MORE SHORT-TERM MEMORY, SOMEONE I MET SIX MONTHS AGO, IT SOMEONE I MET SIX MONTHS AGO, IT HAS — IN OTHER WORDS, IT HAS
GOTTEN A LOT WORSE IN REGARDS TO GOTTEN A LOT WORSE IN REGARDS TO
SHORT TERM. SHORT TERM.
SIMPLE WORDS THAT NORMALLY WOULD SIMPLE WORDS THAT NORMALLY WOULD
COME OUT EASY IN A CONVERSATION, COME OUT EASY IN A CONVERSATION,
ILL STAMMER. ILL STAMMER.
LOOK, IM 48 YEARS OLD. LOOK, IM 48 YEARS OLD.
HAVING PLAYED 20 YEARS, COULD IT HAVING PLAYED 20 YEARS, COULD IT
JUST BE, AS WE ALL LIKE TO SAY, JUST BE, AS WE ALL LIKE TO SAY,
WE GET A LITTLE BIT OLDER? WE GET A LITTLE BIT OLDER?
YEAH, I FORGOT MY KEYS AND THEY YEAH, I FORGOT MY KEYS AND THEY
WERE IN MY HAND. WERE IN MY HAND.
WHERE ARE MY GLASSES, AND WHERE ARE MY GLASSES, AND
THEYRE ON YOUR HEAD. THEYRE ON YOUR HEAD.
YOU KNOW, I WONDER IF THATS YOU KNOW, I WONDER IF THATS
WHAT IT IS, OR DO I — DO I HAVE WHAT IT IS, OR DO I — DO I HAVE
EARLY STAGES OF C.T.E.? EARLY STAGES OF C.T.E.?
I DONT KNOW. I DONT KNOW.>>THATS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS
WITH C.T.E.E OF THE PROBLEMS WITH C.T.E.
YOU CANT KNOW UNTIL AFTER YOU CANT KNOW UNTIL AFTER
YOURE DEAD. YOURE DEAD.
THEY DONT KNOW UNTIL THEY CAN THEY DONT KNOW UNTIL THEY CAN
TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR BRAIN, TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR BRAIN,
DISSECT YOUR BRAIN. DISSECT YOUR BRAIN.
>>ABSOLUTELY.>>ABSOLUTELY.
>>I KNOWNOEKNOW YOU SAID YOURE>>I KNOWNOEKNOW YOU SAID YOURE
OF WHAT 60 IS GOING TO LOOK OF WHAT 60 IS GOING TO LOOK
LIKE, 70 IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE. LIKE, 70 IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE.
HOW ACTIVE IS THAT FEAR, NOT HOW ACTIVE IS THAT FEAR, NOT
KNOWING WHERE THIS IS GOING? KNOWING WHERE THIS IS GOING?
>>YOU KNOW, THE THING ABOUT>>YOU KNOW, THE THING ABOUT
C.T.E. AND HEAD INJURIES IS, C.T.E. AND HEAD INJURIES IS,
ILL HAVE SOMEONE SAY, MAN, YOU ILL HAVE SOMEONE SAY, MAN, YOU
LOOK LIKE YOURE IN GREAT SHAPE, LOOK LIKE YOURE IN GREAT SHAPE,
TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF. TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF.
I SAY, THANK YOU, IM TRYING TO I SAY, THANK YOU, IM TRYING TO
DO MY BEST. DO MY BEST.
THE THING ABOUT WHAT LITTLE WE THE THING ABOUT WHAT LITTLE WE
KNOW ABOUT THE BRAIN, THE KNOW ABOUT THE BRAIN, THE
INJURIES AND C.T.E., IS THAT INJURIES AND C.T.E., IS THAT
TOMORROW COULD BE TOTALLY TOMORROW COULD BE TOTALLY
DIFFERENT. DIFFERENT. TOMORROW, I MAY BE IN GREAT
HEALTH, BUT I DONT KNOW WHO I HEALTH, BUT I DONT KNOW WHO I
AM OR WHERE IM GOING. AM OR WHERE IM GOING.
IT CAN HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. IT CAN HAPPEN OVERNIGHT.
I KNOW ITS NOT AS DRAMATIC AS I KNOW ITS NOT AS DRAMATIC AS
THAT, BUT THATS THE SCARY THAT, BUT THATS THE SCARY
THING. THING. NO MATTER WHAT I DO TO TRY TO NO MATTER WHAT I DO TO TRY TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF PHYSICALLY,
THAT IS A PART OF MY FUTURE THAT THAT IS A PART OF MY FUTURE THAT
I REALLY CANT CONTROL. I REALLY CANT CONTROL.
THAT IS VERY SCARY. THAT IS VERY SCARY.
>>I KNOW YOU SAY IF YOU HAD>>I KNOW YOU SAY IF YOU HAD
SONS, YOU WOULD NOT LET THEM SONS, YOU WOULD NOT LET THEM
PLAY FOOTBALL. PLAY FOOTBALL.
YOU HAVE GRANDSONS, WHO YOU YOU HAVE GRANDSONS, WHO YOU
DONT WANT PLAYING FOOTBALL. DONT WANT PLAYING FOOTBALL.
>>UH-HUH.>>UH-HUH.>>DO YOU WISH YOU HADNT PLAYED>>DO YOU WISH YOU HADNT PLAYED FOOTBALL? FOOTBALL?>>UM, NO.>>UM, NO. I DONT WISH I WOULDNT.
MY FOOTBALL CAREER HAS MEANT A MY FOOTBALL CAREER HAS MEANT A
GREAT DEAL TO ME AND HAS PR GREAT DEAL TO ME AND HAS PR
PROVIDED A LOT OF JOY NOT ONLY PROVIDED A LOT OF JOY NOT ONLY
FOR ME BUT FOR MY FAMILY. FOR ME BUT FOR MY FAMILY.
NOW, MY FAMILY DOESNT HAVE TO NOW, MY FAMILY DOESNT HAVE TO
FACE THE PHYSICAL PROBLEMS THAT FACE THE PHYSICAL PROBLEMS THAT
POTENTIAL I COULDCOULD ARISE, OR POTENTIAL I COULDCOULD ARISE, OR
PROBLEMS, BUT THEY ARE DIRECTLY PROBLEMS, BUT THEY ARE DIRECTLY
ASSOCIATED WITH ME IN THAT ASSOCIATED WITH ME IN THAT
REGARD. REGARD. YOU KNOW, THERES A — ITS KIND YOU KNOW, THERES A — ITS KIND OF A BLESSING AND A CURSE. OF A BLESSING AND A CURSE. I GREW UP PLAYING FOOTBALL.
MY DAD WAS MY COACH.OTBALL. MY DAD WAS MY COACH.
HE WAS TOUGH ON ME. HE WAS TOUGH ON ME.
HE WAS A HARD-NOSED, JUST IN HE WAS A HARD-NOSED, JUST IN
YOUR FACE KIND OF GUY. YOUR FACE KIND OF GUY.
HE DIDNT KNOW WHAT CONCUSSIONS HE DIDNT KNOW WHAT CONCUSSIONS
WERE ABOUT. WERE ABOUT.
WE KNEW WHAT, BASICALLY, A WE KNEW WHAT, BASICALLY, A
CONCUSSION WAS, BUT THE THOUGHT CONCUSSION WAS, BUT THE THOUGHT
PROCESS BACK THEN, IN THOSE PROCESS BACK THEN, IN THOSE
DAYS, WAS, YOU WOULD NEVER COME DAYS, WAS, YOU WOULD NEVER COME
OUT OF A GAME OR PRACTICE OUT OF A GAME OR PRACTICE
BECAUSE YOU HAD A LITTLE HEAD BECAUSE YOU HAD A LITTLE HEAD
DING. DING.
YOU WOULD BE CONSIDERED, FOR YOU WOULD BE CONSIDERED, FOR
LACK OF A BETTER TERM, A SISSY. LACK OF A BETTER TERM, A SISSY.
MY POINT IN ALL THIS IS, 30 MY POINT IN ALL THIS IS, 30
YEARS AGO, THERE WASNT A YEARS AGO, THERE WASNT A
PROBLEM IN ANYONES MIND FROM PROBLEM IN ANYONES MIND FROM
PLAYING FOOTBALL. PLAYING FOOTBALL.
IT WAS A MATTER OF BEING TOUGH. IT WAS A MATTER OF BEING TOUGH.
THE ONES WHO STUCK IT OUT AND, THE ONES WHO STUCK IT OUT AND,
YOU KNOW, MADE THE MOST OF IT — YOU KNOW, MADE THE MOST OF IT —
NOW, WHAT WE KNOW IS IT HAS NOW, WHAT WE KNOW IS IT HAS
NOTHING TO DO WITH TOUGHNESS. NOTHING TO DO WITH TOUGHNESS.
THATS A LOT SCARIER. THATS A LOT SCARIER.
I DONT LOOK AT MY CAREER — I I DONT LOOK AT MY CAREER — I
LOOK AT IT AS BEING SOMETHING LOOK AT IT AS BEING SOMETHING
WONDERFUL. WONDERFUL. I DIDNT KNOW. I DIDNT KNOW. HAD I KNOWN IN YEAR FIVE, I
PROBABLY WOULD HAVE LOOKED AT MY

63 thoughts on “Brett Favre Opens Up About Concussions And Football On Megyn Kelly TODAY | Megyn Kelly TODAY

  1. I am a die hard Packers fan from Wisconsin and I appreciate his service to the team and the game itself. He broke many records which will take MANY years to be broken. But he must ask himself everyday, "Was it all worth it?"

  2. I love how retired athletes come out on concussions after they have made their Millions from playing the game!! They knew the risks in playing the game, looks at players from the 50's and 60's that are crippled from playing the game and they didnt make the money that these players did. I love Brett Farve as a player but telling kids don't play, I don't agree with I wonder what Farve would have advised kids at the age of 48 had he was still working at a regular job earning pennies compared to what he earned.

  3. Say what you want but no amount of money is worth your health. The comment about working for pennies is irrelevant if you can’t determine the difference between a penny and 10,000 dollars. I applaud one of the toughest SOBs that ever played the game to come out and want to make changes to the game.
    Not to mention the thug life and disrespect for our Flag has made the NFL irrelevant to me anyway.

  4. Bret! The neck problems and ligaments are a huge issue too. Get a digital Motion X-Ray. I have ringing in my ears and blurred vision. I never played football or had any concussions. C1-C2 instability and a digital motion X-Ray will show that. I wish Bret would have talked about the condition of his neck. Does he know anything about his neck?

  5. The players today are 300 lb steroid junkies so it's no wonder they are coming down with dementia and their bodies breaking down.

  6. I know this isnt story related and I'm uncomfortable watching football now…I hope Brett is ok but,
    I mean no harm, but megan is not in her element…she is hard news. Tough situations, tough questions I'm just not buying the softer side of megan..it doesn't come through I just see hardness in her…

  7. I stopped watching football seeing them guys continually attack and try to hurt Favre just to do this secretive longterm damage. Then I got my head bashed in myself by someone skilled as them footballers who did Favre like that. I think he got the idea watching football. It should be banned and touch football only.

  8. I've played the game and suffered many concussions. I knew the risks and I knew what the long term effects would be and I still played..Why did I play??? The love of the game and the money. You see many of players, you see the problems they have from concussions, and you know that may be you someday, but you still play. Don't blame anyone for this, but yourself.

  9. MEGYN KELLY is not only a deceiving TRANNY/dude in drag but HE is really NICOLE SIMPSON who by the way was NEVER MURDERED by OJ in one of the 1st Reality Shows none to us in the whole OJ Murder Case. Please before you comment just compare the pics of NICOLE SIMPSON and MEGYN KELLY and tell me if they honestly don't look alike minus the new CHIN JOB they gave MEGYN….#WakeUpSheeple

  10. No idea if this was mentioned already, but anyone who has suffered a concussion should look into NUCCA. (www.nucca.org)

  11. A small matter that he played 20 years in pro football…a big matter is that he’s been playing organized full-contact 🏈 football since he was 6 years old.

  12. I played youth.. HS and college.. football.. coached for 25 years.. I allowed my 4 sons to play.. now I have my grandson.. I adore him.. I’m now scared

  13. All football players will get CTE, especially the guys from back in the day.. I love football but I’m glad I stopped playing

  14. Brett Favre is trying to sell some kind of Concussion recovery product. Getting Your "Bell Rung" is just part of Football…

  15. Since we are on the subject, what about boxing and MMA? Is anyone addressing those sports in regards to concussions?

  16. We love you Brett…to me and my family we love to watch you play at the time before your retirement your doing a wonderful job keep it up thank you

  17. I personally don’t care about my health I’m gonna risk life and make the most of it and not complain about issues I’ve bestowed on myself If I know I had a life threatening condition that could be treated and I could live but i wouldn’t want to if it’s my time it’s my time I love life we should always treat life like a glass half full

  18. If America really knew the truth they,d be OUTRAGED!! The NFL found out privately about the dangers of Concussion syndromes in 1984. They chose to keep it all in house. They didnt release any of this information to the players or their Union or to the outside Medical communities!! Thats why they agreed to this Billion $$ settlement. Anyone who takes the time to read the legal brief will be even angrier than before!! Its worded in a way that says the league had ZERO PRIOR knowledge of Dangers related to head trauma. Theres also some super slick wording with makes it almost impossible to receive any of this settlement. See even though the announcement was NFL agrees to 1.6 Billion $$ settlement, the actual truth is the NFL has only payed out a very small fraction of the announced settlement not even 5%!!!!!!!. I love NFL football & over time you as fans begin to care about some of your favorite players. The last thing many of us want are these guys to have painful, unhappy lifes after they leave the game. Most will be very young men, mid-30,s to 40 with the rest of their lives to live. Somehow, someway they need to keep changing the way the game is played. Yes the game is not like it used to be even 10yrs ago. It has to change for the players lives & health!!!

  19. I love MMA. but when I see videos like this- and realize that plenty of those guys have been knocked out four, five times- some even more. It's very unsettling. What will their future look like?

  20. Favre is still a young man at 48. He's gray headed but many men that age are "changing over." I personally suffered 3 non-sports concussions that I was hospitalized for so doctors could observe me overnight. I'm 68 now and I'm having short term memory struggles. I don't know if its from my head injuries or if it is just "information overload" that we receive everyday from advertising and messages via media. I worry about dementia but it seems to be still ahead of me. The best thing to is to monitor yourself and stop to give yourself a periodic assessment. Seek medical help if your gut is telling you to do it.

  21. I got hit by a car at 5 years old. Me parents wouldn’t let me play football because of my concussion . I’ve had a stroke and I struggle for words . I fully understand

  22. He says he's 48 years old and has not played in 20 years??? Did he retire at 28 years old? I think he's confused big time.

  23. If your living in constant fear, you need to find Jesus. Only he can take the fear and pain, i myself am a teenager and have had 3 concussions that have been conformed, who knows how many ive had without them being conformed, at the moment im praying and deciding if ill go back into soccer.

  24. I still think kids should be allowed to play if they want. I played for years and it wasn't till highschool and above was when I personally started hitting players that had power and speed to really cause any issues. I had 3 which only 1 from football 1 from baseball taking line drive at 3rd base to side head my lastr and by far worse was from car wreck if coaches are trained and there are trainers with medical experience there who know what to look for it's not like when I played and coaches told us to quit crying and get out and play

  25. Show me the money! That’s what it’s all about . The men / boys are just wasted in time just a number .

  26. Someone should gather these souls live and dead together there stories need to be told. I have a feeling the high rate of suicide in men / boy maybe contributed to brain injury. I am 75 year old ,I am not good on the net . I am watching my grandson struggle with theses problems it’s hart braking!

  27. I stopped playing after HS except for 1 year in college. Maybe got concussed once but had a ton of dings & head to head hits. Pretty sure its taken a small toll even at 34. Started noticing forgetfulness & dizziness around mid 20's.

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