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Brett Favre talks memory loss with Matt Lauer

Kasey Hott

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Brett Favre talks memory loss with Matt Lauer

CREATED Nov. 18, 2013

Packers legend Brett Favre, a poster boy for toughness during his career, is opening up about the toll the game has taken on his life.

In an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer, Favre says countless hits and concussions have started to affect him in a very negative way.

"To me the-- the wakeup call was-- and Deanna and I were talkin' recently, and she was talking about Breleigh, our youngest, playin' soccer. I don't remember her playing soccer," Favre said.

Favre says he believes he's now paying the price for some of the tougher hits he took during his football career.

"I've talked to several doctors.. askin' 'em about symptoms. And-- and one of 'em is not bein' not being able finis-- finish a sentence. Or not remembering a word-- a specific word, and I've noticed lately.. if there's any symptom at all, that one bein' the-- the one that shows the most," he said.

Lauer asked Favre if he would ever consider being the poster boy for concussion awareness.

"Yes. Yeah-- I-- I should say yes and no. I don't wanna knock football at all. I think that's unfair. I knew what I was gettin' into. To think that I could help maybe ease maybe some of the-- the potential trauma, but still keep the integrity of the game-- I-- I-- I'm willin' to do that," Favre said.

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