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Brett Favre says he wouldn't want his son to play football

Brett Favre doesn't have a son, so there won't be anyone to carry on his legacy as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.

But even if he did have a son, the youngster still wouldn't be following in the footsteps of his future Hall of Fame father. Not if Favre could help it anyway.

"If I had a son, I would be real leery of him playing [football]," Favre told Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today Show" in an interview that aired Monday. "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."  

Favre, 44, definitely knows about the physical toll of football. During his 20-year career, he absorbed more sacks (525) than anyone in league history.

He revealed last month that he has experienced some memory loss -- he doesn't remember his youngest daughter ever playing youth soccer -- and was asked by Lauer if he thought football had anything to do with that.

“I can’t say for certain,’’ Favre said. “I would assume so, and I think most people would assume. But I’ve got to believe that after 20 years, and if you go back, I played four years in college and played every game and then in high school, the toll has got to be pretty high.”


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