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Brett Favre is on his way to the NFL Hall of Fame after a decade spanning almost 20 years. So it’s surprising that in an interview with Matt Lauer, he revealed that if he had a son (he and his wife have two daughters), he probably wouldn’t have let him play football.

“In some respects, I’m almost glad I don’t have a son because of the pressures he would face,” the quarterback said. “Also the physical toll that it could possibly take on him, not to mention if he never made it, he’s gonna be a failure in everyone’s eyes. But more the physical toll that it could take.” And he’s right to be worried. At just 44 years old, Favre says he’s experiencing some scary memory loss issues that come from years of taking hard hits in his football career. Plus, high school students are in danger of not making it through the season; this year alone there have been two high-profile deaths following what appeared to be normal hits during football games.

See what else Favre had to say about his career and his family in his interview with Lauer.

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