“I would be real leery of him playing football. 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.”
-Brett Favre, retired NFL quarterback
Former star quarterback NFL Brett Favre says if he had a son, he would not allow him to play football. He has his reasons, and he’s not alone in his opinion. According to a senior YouWager football wagering analyst, the Pop Warner league, the largest football program for young boys in the country, has seen a noticeable lack of participation in the last two years. Across the nation, the numbers for enrollment are down nearly ten percent. While many online sportsbook bettors still love the game as much as they ever did, some admit they may think twice before enrolling their sons in a local football league now that more is known about long-term effects from the contact sport. Dr. Julian Bailes, the top medical authority for Pop Warner football, believes that negative publicity about head injuries in the NFL has made an impact on youth programs.
Brett Favre probably wouldn’t want his son to be ridiculed or harassed by his teammates, either. But when the former quarterback was interviewed by a YouWager news source recently, and asked for his take on the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito bullying case, Favre said he hadn’t paid much attention to the story. He first dismissed the topic, saying, “You have to be kidding me.”
Favre told YouWager’s source, “Pro football? Bullying? It’s the toughest sport, most violent. Not to mention you’re men. So it’s not like it’s a little 12-year-old on a playground. And I’m not defending or condoning. All I’m saying is my initial reaction was a grown man who is 320 pounds is getting bullied?”
Favre said that improper situations do develop in the NFL on some teams. Locker rooms are tough, and competitive sometimes, he explained. He told YouWager’s source, “There’s a lot of guys getting picked on. Some handle it well. Some don’t handle it as well. I’m not saying it’s right and from a locker room or team stance, I’m not saying it’s wrong. It’s just the way it is.”
A veteran of 11 Pro Bowls, a Super Bowl victory, and starts in 297 consecutive games, many Internet wagering fans expect Favre to be inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame as soon as he is eligible. But Favre admitted that if he had a son, he would not encourage him to play football. He would not want his child to suffer from head injuries, later in adulthood. Favre is troubled by memory loss. He has not been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the brain condition blamed for many of head injuries cases in football today, but there are disturbing gaps in his thoughts, he says.
Favre confessed to YouWager’s source, “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.”