NFL legend Brett Favre said he's not coming out of retirement to play for the St. Louis Rams, and that countless hard hits during his 20 years in the NFL may have left a permanent scar on his memory.
When the Rams lost quarterback Sam Bradford for the season to an ACL tear, word had spread like wildfire that Favre, now 44, could possibly come out of retirement to join the team.
Favre shot down an idea in his interview with Washington, D.C. sports station WSPZ-AM on Thursday, saying he didn't believe his body was up to the task. He also said his two decades of playing football, and concussions, have affected his day-to-day life.
''I don't remember my daughter playing soccer, playing youth soccer, one summer,'' Favre, who also said he was flattered by the thought of joining the Rams, 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," he said.
"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," he added.
Favre's words come after the NFL reached a $765 million settlement with thousands of players who claimed the league withheld information about the long-term effects of head injuries they sustained while playing.
Favre, who started 321 consecutive games during his NFL career from 1992 through 2010 in spite of suffering several concussions, retired in 2010. He has been the offensive coordinator for the Oak Grove High School football team in Mississippi since 2012.
"The NFL was everything I thought it would be and then some. It was tough, it was fun, it was rewarding," Favre told WSPZ. "But I thought I didn't need to stick around, I didn't need to be a part of it to feel like I still had a purpose in life."