ANDFormer player Brett Favre, who was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2016, is advising parents to wait until their children are 14 to play the sport. The former Green Bay Packers legend released this ad in an exclusive interview on ‘Today’.
According to various studies, the longer a child plays football, the more likely they are to develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Favre, who played 19 seasons in the NFL, said he may have experienced brain injuries during his playing days.
“I don’t know how you normally feel. Do I have CTE? I really don’t know,” Favre said Tuesday. “Concussions are very, very serious and we are only seeing on the surface how important they are.”
According to a joint study by the U.S. Department of Veterans, Boston University, and the Concussion Legacy Foundation, 25% of high school football players developed this brain disease. There was CTE in 16 of 65 high school football players, and only one of the 16 players started playing football after age 14.