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Brett Favre Memory Loss: Ex-QB Shares Scary Symptom of 20 Years in NFL

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By Ken Mandel   |  

Brett Favre experiences memory loss, the former quarterback admitted to a Washington radio station Thursday. Favre was sacked a record 525 times over a 20-year NFL career, which may have contributed to the condition.

"I don't remember my daughter playing soccer, playing youth soccer, one summer," he told ESPN affiliate WSPZ-AM 570, according to Yahoo Sports. "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. 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."

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The former quarterback was called by the St. Louis Rams this week to gauge his interest in returning to the football field he walked away from following the 2010-11 season. He told them no. The Rams are seeking to replace starter Sam Bradford, who had season-ending knee surgery earlier this week.

Of graver issue to the 44-year-old Favre is how much damage he's incurred from the many hits he's taken. He is among a growing number of former players to experience head-related, post-career issues. He threw for nearly 72,000 yards and 508 touchdowns in 302 regular-season NFL games, and suffered multiple concussions during that span.

Not all of them were diagnosed.

"When I first started playing, those first 10 years, they didn't keep a log like they do now, so there's no telling," Favre told the station, CBS News reported.

Earlier this year, the NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle a joint-action lawsuit with 4,500 retired players. The league has also been jarred by the recent suicides of former players Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, whose posthumous examinations have shown brain abnormalities linked to head trauma.

Dr. Robert Glatter, a former New York Jets sideline physician, told CBS that Favre's symptoms are common.

"Often the CT scans or the initial scans we do after a suspected head injury, which is severe, may be normal, but there's functional changes — changes involving memory," he told CBS.

Favre just isn't sure how serious his condition is.

"I think after 20 years, God only knows the toll," he told WSPZ.

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