Brett Favre is no doubt one of the most legendary quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. Favre recently revealed that he believes he experienced “thousands” of concussions throughout his NFL career, based on what he has learned since retiring.

The Hall of Famer discussed his theory this week on The Bubba Army radio show after being asked regarding the number of severe head injuries he sustained while playing quarterback in the NFL. If Favre had been asked the same question a few years ago, he would have responded simply three, he claimed. However, after learning about recent research on concussions, he now thinks the actual number is in the four-figure range.

“Concussions happen all the time. You get tackled and your head hits the turf, you see flashes of light or ringing in your ears but you’re able to play — that’s a concussion.

So, based on that, [I’ve suffered] thousands. Had to be, because every time my head hit the turf, there was ringing or stars going, flash bulbs … but I was still able to play.”

Favre certainly hit the ground many times over his 20-year career, though he was never properly diagnosed with that many. In just regular season games during his time with the Falcons, Packers, Jets, and Vikings, he was sacked 525 times.

One of Favre’s most terrifying injuries occurred in a 2004 game while he was playing against the Giants. The Packers star threw a touchdown pass to Javon Walker after hitting his head.

“That’s what’s kind of frightening about the concussion thing — it’s the ones that seem minor that do the damage ’cause you’re able to play and keep going.”

Favre is now a well-known advocate for head injury prevention. He is now asking for a ban on youth tackle football in order to save young developing brains. Stay tuned to Thirsty for more updates.

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