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Favre Passes on Comeback, Citing Concussions, Ex-Bill Reacts

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Brett Favre last week said he declined an offer to quarterback the St. Louis Rams out of concerns for concussions, saying he didn't recall family memories. A former Bill is not buying Favre's reasoning.

"I think Brett Favre must have a lawsuit against the NFL over concussions," says Pro Bowler Ruben Brown. "He could play if that wasn't the case. He's a baller. I don't buy that for one minute he's afraid for a concussion." 

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Brown says while you're playing you're in the moment, and not thinking about what the effects of the concussion could mean down the road for you.

"We're all concerned, but we dont really know what to be concerned about right now," explains Brown.

"Some of us could be inherently forgetful people, and there's nothing football could do to cause that memory loss, or we could be genetically prone to Alzheimer's," Brown says

Favre told Washington sports station WSPZ-AM he doesn't feel physically able to compete and expressed fear that he has been affected by concussions.

"I don't remember my daughter playing soccer, playing youth soccer, one summer," Favre told WSPZ. "I don't remember that. 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. This was pretty shocking to me that I couldn't remember my daughter playing youth soccer, just one summer, I think. 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. ...

"I think after 20 years, God only knows the toll," Favre said.

Brown is not the only skeptic.

Rams defensive end Robert Quinn didn't think there was anything to the reports.

"Brett Favre is staying retired," Quinn said. "Brett hasn't played since 2010 and he's comfortable down there in Mississippi on a boat or something. Have fun with it, Brett."

More broadly, Brown's concern right now is several different doctors will come up with several different diagnoses. "Until some official group makes a universal diagnosis that is true and everyone can agree on, we can't move forward," notes Brown.

Brown says he had his bell rung during his career, but was never officially diagnosed with a concussion. "If you play long enough you will get your bell rung," says Brown.

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