Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre, in an interview with Fox Business, gave an advisory warning to parents about letting their young children play tackle football.
The exclusive interview was conducted to benefit National Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Favre is joining a chorus of athletes, like the professional wrestler and co-founder of Boston University’s CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) Center, Chris Nowinski, on the issue of tackle football and how it might not be the right or safe choice for kids today.
Favre’s comments can be read below:
“If I had a son, I would be very, very reluctant to let him play [football] knowing what I know now – which is not a lot. At least for us, there is still so little known about [chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the brain disease linked to repeated head hits] but what we do know is, it’s not good, especially for youth. “You have to believe that every time a kid is tackled … that she or he is doing detrimental things to his or her brain that may be irreversible. That is really scary. I would be very reluctant. I’m thankful that I have two beautiful daughters and don’t have a son and have to worry about that.”
Nowinski, who is also the CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, posed a similar argument in his own interview with Fox Business:
“The evidence now is swinging wildly toward this. We should have never allowed 5-year-olds to play tackle football, it was always meant to be high school age and above. We are now trying to tell parents that, and most NFL players are going to back that — but the NFL continues to increase their investment in trying to enroll youth in tackle football for business reasons. Not for their health. “And, the only way to make NFL players safe going forward is change what happens to them before they get to the NFL. The NFL is completely moving in the wrong direction on this right now.”
Former Chicago Bears linebacker, Lance Briggs retired in 2014 after a successful football career, but he claims that after 30 years of taking and receiving big tackles and hits since playing in his youth, he is developing early signs of CTE:
“We just call it ‘fog,’ and, to me, we are still trying to learn about it. There are certain issues that I’m still trying to figure out and I’m not putting myself in a category where you know I’m battling CTE, I’m not on suicide watch or anything like that, you know, but I am living with it.”
In post-football retirement, Favre and Briggs have partnered on a social media project called Sqor, a sports-centric startup designed to raise awareness about CTE and its impact on one’s life after leaving the field.
H/T: Fox Business
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