Seems that everyone had a good chuckle when word got out that the St. Louis Rams asked Brett Favre if he was interested in making a comeback. After all, Favre is 44 years old, and hasn’t played a down in three years. Sportswriters had a field day laughing at how desperate the Rams must be.
Favre initially laughed it off as well, joking with the media about taking the field at his age. Only now, he’s revealed the real reason he turned them down, and it’s no joke. He’s having memory lapses. Couldn’t remember his daughter playing youth soccer at all.
It’s done something to him that no rushing defender ever did. It’s scared him to death. He’s terrified that the damage from concussions over a 20-year career has just begun to present itself. At 44 he’s wondering what kind of life lies ahead, and he’s worried about his countless friends who still play the game.
There are two distinct Growing Bolder messages in this story. The Rams did not care that Favre is 44. They looked past many younger and less-expensive options and didn’t think twice about seeking out Favre. His age was not a deterrent. It was far outweighed by his talent, experience and leadership.
So, much to the surprise of the snickering sportswriters it wasn’t age that prevented Favre from again taking the field along side players half his age. Fear did. He told the New York Daily News, “For the first time in 44 years, that (memory loss) put a little fear in me.”
These days, Favre is a grandfather. He’s continuing to follow his passions, spending time with his family in a way his career never allowed, and helping out as an assistant coach at the local high school.
He’s been looking forward to reinventing himself, taking on new challenges. He expected some of those challenges would include dealing with the limitations of his battered body. But at 44, he never expected to be dealing with an uncertain future due to the limitations of his battered mind.