Brett Favre 'would be real leery' of letting son play football

Brett Favre spent 20 years in the NFL and says he's shocked by his 'memory' loss. (USATSI)
Brett Favre's NFL career spanned two decades, and while his name still comes up whenever an NFL team is scrambling for quarterback help, the future Hall of Famer -- and current offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oak Grove High School (Miss.) -- is happily retired.

Favre recently spoke to the Today Show's Matt Lauer about football and concussions, and the former Packers star was asked if he would let his son play football. (In related news: Favre doesn't have a son, he has two daughters.)

"I would be real leery of him playing," Favre said. "In some respects, I'm almost glad I don't have a son because of the pressures he would face. Also the physical toll that it could possibly take on him, not to mention if he never made it, he's gonna be a failure in everyone's eyes. But more the physical toll that it could take."   

Favre admitted last month that he's facing "scary" memory issues.

"I try to...offset the aging process, as we all are, by diet or running or biking, whatever,'' Favre told Lauer. "But as we get older, I mean, it happens to all of us. You know, 'Where's my glasses?' 

"I think to me the wakeup call was (wife) Deanna and I were talking recently, and she was talking about Breleigh, our youngest, playing soccer. I've pretty much made every game that she's ever played (in) basketball, volleyball. She played softball one year, she played basketball a couple years. As I find out, she played soccer. I don't remember her playing soccer. She played right over here, and that was probably where my first inclination that something ain't right." 

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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