The Rams, desperate for a QB, reached out to Brett Favre Sunday night. He told them thanks for the offer, but "no way in hell" he's coming back.
Yesterday, Favre expounded a little more on why, at age 44, he's done. The answer's a familiar one: He's already feeling the mental effects of a career's worth of hits.
"I don't remember my daughter playing soccer, playing youth soccer, one summer," Favre told WSPZ. "I don't remember that. I got a pretty good memory, and I have a tendency like we all do to say, 'Where are my glasses?' and they're on your head. This was pretty shocking to me that I couldn't remember my daughter playing youth soccer, just one summer, I think. I remember her playing basketball, I remember her playing volleyball, so I kind of think maybe she only played a game or two. I think she played eight. So that's a little bit scary to me. For the first time in 44 years, that put a little fear in me. ...
"I think after 20 years, God only knows the toll."
In related news, here's Nate Jackson at MMQB on life once the hitting stops:
I swear that when I read about CTE, or watch a story about it on TV, I feel an electrical current shoot through my brain. I forgot where my keys are. Is that life or is that CTE? I can’t find a job. Must be the tau protein build-up. I am sad and I am depressed and suicidal thoughts, like raindrops, come down from the sky on seemingly sunny afternoons. Is this science, or the realization that my life peaked in my twenties? I have no skills other than football and no idea what else to do.