Brett Favre: ‘Make the game safer? You don’t play’
While the NFL is moving in the right direction when it comes to safety issues, Brett Favre says the only way for players to truly stay safe is to stay off the field.
The Hall of Fame quarterback was asked how to make the game safer during an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. A clip showing his response was released Tuesday, with the full interview scheduled to air on Friday.
“How do you make the game safer? You don’t play,” the three-time NFL MVP says in the clip. “Is that gonna happen? No, I think the NFL is here to stay, obviously.”
Favre, who played most of his career with the Green Bay Packers, saw his playing days come to an end after suffering a concussion when his head hit the frozen turf at Minneapolis’ TCF Bank Stadium while playing for the Minnesota Vikings in December 2010.
Since his retirement, he has voiced concerns over possible memory issues and he recently served as executive producer on the documentary “Shocked: A Hidden Factor in the Sports Concussion Crisis,” which looks at concussions like his where the player’s head hits the ground.
Favre said the NFL has “started the ball rolling, if you will, in the right direction” with its concussion protocol, but that players are going to keep getting bigger, faster and stronger.
“The contacts are going to be much more violent, and so concussions will continue to be a serious issue,” he added. “There’s only so much that helmets can do.”
All the NFL really can do is approach the issue from a treatment standpoint, the Super Bowl XXXI champion said.
“The only other option is not to play.”