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Brett Favre Worried About Brain Damage from Concussions

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One of the most successful quarterbacks ever to play in the NFL says he suffers from memory loss and believes it may be the result of concussions. 44-year old Brett Favre says he can't remember some personal family moments, and says that's got him scared.

For 20 seasons, Favre stared down some of the biggest, meanest players in the NFL, and won. Now retired, Favre says something else has him scared.

"I don't remember my daughter playing soccer.  Playing youth soccer one summer. I don't remember that."

Favre told Washington sports radio station WSPZ he's experiencing memory loss that's more than just misplacing his glasses.

"So that's a little bit scary for me.  For the first time in 44 years, that's put a little fear in me."

Favre said that fear is that he has been affected by concussions during his long career.

It's not a new problem facing pro football veterans.  In August, the NFL agreed to pay 765 million dollars to settle lawsuits from more than 4-thousand former players - including retired running back Kevin Turner.

Turner has ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.  He and the other plaintiffs, who suffer from neurological conditions including dementia, claimed their conditions were caused by repeated concussions they received on the field.

Favre says he knows his career has taken a toll on his body.

"After 20 years, god only knows the toll."

Favre says now, he's trying to enjoy his retirement with his family.

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