Brett Favre has taken his fair share of hits over his Hall of Fame career resulting in multiple concussions, torn biceps and a broken thumb — injuries he doesn’t wish on anyone, especially his grandchildren.
Favre, 48, told the CBS Sports Pick Six Podcast on Tuesday he hopes his grandsons chose “safer” sports than football if they try out for athletics.
“I have three grandsons — and people may wonder why a retired player would be so adamant about concussions and making the environment safer — I don’t know if they’ll play football. They’re eight [years], three [years] and several months old,” Favre said.
“What little bit I know now — and it’s more than when I played — concussions [are] not good. And definitely not for a youth. And so, there is something out there that can make the environment safer, aside from helmets, and that is the surface. I think you have to look at the surface as an equal if not more important than the equipment you wear.”
Favre was selected to 11 Pro Bowls during his 20-year career, and retired in 2010 as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, completions, attempts, touchdowns and wins. The NFL’s Iron Man, Favre set an NFL record with 321 consecutive games played (including the playoffs).
If football isn’t in the cards for Favre’s offspring, what sport is?
“I’m not going to encourage them to play [football]. I’m not going to discourage [them],” Favre said. “But I say this to everyone who will listen: if my grandsons were to say, and they call me Paw-Paw, if they were to say “Paw-Paw, will you be my caddy in golf, I think I’m going to do golf instead of football,” I would be much more happy, satisfied and excited by that than by them playing football.
“Every tackle I would be cringing, hoping they get up and not shaking their head and saying they got a headache. But the likelihood of that happening by them playing football is very high. So I’d much rather them choose a safer route.”