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Ex-NFL quarterback Favre cites concussions for memory loss


Published:   |   Updated: October 25, 2013 at 08:13 AM

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ST. LOUIS — Brett Favre, amid reports he has been asked by the St. Louis Rams to come out of retirement, said he fears he has been affected by concussions.

Favre, 44, told Washington sports station WSPZ-AM he doesn’t feel physically able to compete while dismissing the possiblity of returning to the NFL.

“It’s flattering, but you know there’s no way I’m going to do that,” Favre said.

“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.”

Rams coach Jeff Fisher declined to address reports he tried to lure the quarterback out of retirement to replace the injured Sam Bradford.

Fisher changed the subject after practice on Thursday, then said “Nice try” when asked whether Favre could be ready to play. Bradford is out for the season with a knee injury.

Rams defensive end Robert Quinn didn’t think there was anything to the reports.

“Brett Favre is staying retired,” Quinn said. “Brett hasn’t played since 2010 and he’s comfortable down there in Mississippi on a boat or something. Have fun with it, Brett.”

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