Brett Favre comment puts concussions back in spotlight
Former NFL quarterback says he has memory loss
Last Updated: 41 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Concussions in football are front and center again this week after former NFL quarterback Brett Favre's admission that he's suffered severe memory loss.
Favre was a 20-year veteran of the NFL who led the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl ring in 1997 and holds numerous NFL records, including most consecutive starts and most sacked.
In a radio interview this week, Favre said he's now paying for all of the shots to the head he took over two decades.
"I think after 20 years, god only knows the toll," Favre said. "This was a little shocking to me that I couldn't remember my daughter playing youth soccer."
Favre's memory loss admission comes during sports' "Concussion Era." The result: The NFL is instituting new rules and penalties for concussion-type hits, and will pay out more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to former players to settle a lawsuit without admitting guilt.
We talked to former Indianapolis Colts player Ken Dilger, who suffered four known concussions during his career.
"Who knows what's going to happen in the future … whether I'll have any brain damage," Dilger said.
In youth football leagues, parents are forced to negotiate a tough balancing act between protecting their children and allowing them to play the nation's most popular sport.
Even at the youth level, hits can be hard, and concussions aren't unheard of.
"It's a scary game, but we have to think about letting the kids have fun -- and safety comes first," said youth football coach Daryl Smith. "That's the most important thing I look at."
Football parent Deesha LeFlore said you know the risks going in to the sport.
"I try not to shelter [my son] too much, but when you play football, you have to know the consequences and what can happen with it," LeFlore said.
Earlier this month, another lawsuit was filed against the Indianapolis-based NCAA on behalf of former players who suffered concussions. The suit claims that the NCAA didn't do enough to protect players from concussions, leading to long-term health problems.
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