Favre To Undergo Surgery, Comeback, Indignity

We are very lucky to live in an age where scientists are beginning to unlock the mysteries of the human brain. Recent scientific research has confirmed that a person’s cognitive abilities - their ability to process information and make sound decisions - decrease as they age. Scientists have also discovered that the progressive brain damage of retired football players may be much more extensive than previously realized. This is thought to contribute to the erratic behavior and emotional trouble that many retired NFLers experience.

Brett Favre sacked

(Justin Tuck attempting to prevent Favre from falling over)

These events may also explain why, a mere ten days after denying all interest in a comeback with the Minnesota Vikings, Brett Favre is reportedly scheduling surgery on his torn biceps in anticipation of … a comeback with the Minnesota Vikings. Commence eye-rolling.

The ST. PAUL PIONEER-PRESS has the scoop:

Free-agent quarterback Brett Favre is scheduled to meet Tuesday with noted orthopedist James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., about surgery to repair a partially torn biceps tendon in his right shoulder, the Pioneer Press has learned. Surgery to release the tendon is considered routine and is expected to be performed by Andrews later this week. Rehabilitation for Favre would be six to eight weeks. If it goes well, Farve, who will turn 40 in October, is expected to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.

This is, of course, no surprise. Ten days ago we wrote that this would not be the last of the Favre comeback story, a conclusion reached through our years of experience working with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (ADRD). Many elderly patients with dementia often get lost in their memories, thinking they still work as a police officer, accountant, or NFL quarterback. Caregivers are instructed to indulge their patients’ faulty memories, a process called “creative reality.” Unfortunately, the NFL has decided to take this process too far and indulge Favre’s delusions by actually letting him play quarterback.

Many of us have suffered the pain of watching a family member or loved one suffer the ravages of dementia. It’s an undignified way to spend one’s last years, and we can only hope that scientists reach a breakthrough soon. Our thoughts are with the Favre family though this difficult and painful time.

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