St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Though he was flattered by the offer, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre turned down the St. Louis Rams because he cannot physically able to compete.
“It’s flattering, but you know there’s no way I’m going to do that,” Favre said in an interview with Sports Talk 570 powered by ESPN in Washington.
Earlier, league sources said that the Rams reached out to Favre’s agent after they lost Sam Bradford to a season-ending knee surgery.
During the interview, the 44-year-old Favre said that he is enjoying spending time with his family — including his 3-year-old grandson — and doesn’t feel physically able to compete in the NFL.
Also, Favre expressed fear that he has been affected when asked about concussions.
“This was pretty shocking to me that I couldn’t remember my daughter playing youth soccer, just one summer, I think,” he said.
“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,” he added.
Favre said he watches NFL games, but not many, and doesn’t ever think he could play quarterback better at this point than the players on the field.
This season, he has been coaching a high school football team and may continue to do it, but he stressed he’s not trying to just hang around the game.
“The NFL was everything I thought it would be and then some. It was tough, it was fun, it was rewarding,” he said. “But I thought I didn’t need to stick around, I didn’t need to be a part of it to feel like I still had a purpose in life.”
Favre, who hasn’t played in the league since 2010, said he’s “content” with his life away from the game.
The Rams ended up signing veteran quarterback Brady Quinn, who had been released by the New York Jets earlier this week, and brought back Austin Davis, who spent the 2012 season and the 2013 preseason with the team.
Quinn and Davis will back up Kellen Clemens, who will get his first start this season when the Rams host the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.