Brett Favre on Big Ten deciding to play: 'Football needed to be back' as a welcome 'distraction'

Brett Favre speaks about the power of football when America needs it most

Brett Favre reacts to Big Ten football returning to play and speaks about the importance of football amid COVID-19.

NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre praised the Big Ten conference for deciding to go forward with their 2020 season, despite concerns across the sports world about the coronavirus pandemic.

Favre told "The Story" on Thursday that football is a welcome respite from the negative events going on around the country.

"Football needed to be back," the longtime former Green Bay Packer said. "It’s exciting — and I’m excited to see other conferences playing as well… We need something to take our minds off of everything else that is happened in the last six months."

Just weeks after announcing the postponement of all fall semester sports, the Big Ten Conference and its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously Tuesday to resume the football season beginning on Oct. 23.

Favre remarked that, growing up in the hot and humid climate of Kiln, Miss., it was especially enjoyable to play in the crisp fall weather of the Great Lakes region.

He added that, as an athlete who once suffered from painkiller addiction, he is also excited for the advent of CBD-based medications that are not addictive, for athletes dealing with injuries or chronic pain.

Fox News' Paulina Dedaj and Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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