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Brett Favre is the NFL’s iron man, having started a record 321 games in a row during his 20-year career.

But, with the concern surrounding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and concussions growing, Favre admitted in a recent CNN interview that he’s worried by what the future holds for his health after a career of physical punishment.

“I’m able to function the way I so choose, at least up to this point,” Favre said, according to Tully Corcoran of thebiglead.com. “I stay active. … Tomorrow may be totally different. Tomorrow I may not remember who I am, I may not know where I live, and that’s the frightening thing for us football players.”

Favre also said he won’t push for his grandchildren to following his sporting footsteps.

“I’m not going to encourage him to play football,” Favre said regarding the oldest grandchild, who is eight. “I’m not saying I would discourage him, but I would be cringing every time I saw my grandson get tackled, because I know, physically, what’s at stake.”

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Don’t call it a comeback – at least not yet.

Long-retired ex-UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell has repeatedly teased a return to the cage of late, and after being promptly voted off the latest season of “Celebrity Big Brother,” he told TMZ Sports on Monday he’s been training regularly in case the right opportunity arises.

“It’s still a possibility, for sure,” Liddell said. “So I didn’t want to get too far out of shape. I was in there boxing the whole time. There’s a lot of stuff that they didn’t show but I was just having a good time in there and staying in shape. I’m staying ready.”

As for who he’d like to square off with in a would-be comeback, the 48-year-old mentioned a pair of rivals and UFC alumni in Chael Sonnen and two-time conquest Tito Ortiz. Sonnen now competes under the Bellator banner, while Ortiz retired in January of last year.

“I’ve said it before in the news, Chael would be a good warm-up fight to get back into it. Tito would be great if he’d even consider fighting me. I hear he wouldn’t. He doesn’t want to fight me at all. He’ll fight other people but not me, of course.

“It depends on who they offer. I’m down for just about anything.”

Liddell claimed the UFC’s light heavyweight crown with a KO of Randy Couture in April 2005 and defended it four times. He hung up his gloves in late 2010 after suffering his third straight knockout loss in a dance with Rich Franklin at UFC 115.

On a recent episode of the Conversation With The Big Guy podcast, Ryback discussed former WWE Divas Champion Paige likely having to retire from in-ring competition due to a neck injury suffered at a live event in December.

During a tag team match at a live event, Paige fell to the ground after being struck in the back via a double front kick by Sasha Banks. The referee threw the “X” sign, and Paige was unable to finish the match. It was later determined that the injury will force her to stop competing, ending her in-ring career at just 25 years old. Ryback said he’s had a good relationship with Paige and it’s unfortunate that this happened to her.

“She has always been super sweet to me. She is a great girl,” Ryback said. “During a live event, one of the other wrestlers kicked her and gave her a stinger, or what they thought was a stinger, but it alerted them with something else that was going on. She got into wrestling at a young age, she has been wrestling her whole life so it really sucks.”

Since suffering the injury, Paige has not done anything physical on RAW and she has instead played a managerial role for Absolution. The WWE has not confirmed that her in-ring career is over, but the she was pulled from competing in the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble last Sunday. Ryback was reminded of his experiences with injuries, and he said he’s hopeful medical advancements can somehow help her get back into the ring one day.

“For fans listening, wrestlers are human beings and I’ve always said that I have experienced things where I have my career taken away from me at different points and I was very fortunate to have left when I did to of found the issues that I had or else I would have been done,” Ryback said. “You never know with medical advancements 10 years from now that they will find something, but as of right now she is done, and that sucks, but I hope that isn’t true. She is an amazing talent and an amazing person.”

It’s believed that WWE will keep Paige employed in a non-physical role on TV, and perhaps at the WWE Performance Center. Ryback said it would be good if she’s able to remain with the company, but he knows it will be hard on her to admit that her in-ring career is over.

“Hopefully WWE finds something for her in a non-wrestling role, something to keep her busy,” he said. “She is on Total Divas and all that. Mentally it is going to be very tough for her; she has gone through a lot already, but hopefully she can remain optimistic. She comes from a wrestling family so all she knows is wrestling, but I hope she has other interests outside of wrestling that she can latch on to.”

Michael Bisping has a message for his fans.

Don’t buy tickets to see me fight in London. I’m not fighting. Just spoke with ufc.

The proud Brit was in discussions to be featured on the UFC’s card in London, England on March 17, but negotiations appear to have fallen through.

He turned down a challenge from Vitor Belfort and was reported to be meeting Rashad Evans instead. Bisping has maintained that his next fight will be his last, but fans will have to wait for his swansong.

The 38-year-old has dropped his last two fights, giving up the middleweight belt to Georges St-Pierre in November and losing by TKO to Kelvin Gastelum weeks later.

Tom Brady has been open about wife Gisele Bundchen’s wish for him to retire, but according to former kicker Jay Feely, she also tried to enlist his help in convincing the New England Patriots quarterback to hang up his spikes.

In his latest feature on the New England PatriotsSports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop shared an interesting detail about a trip Feely took with Bundchen and Brady after Super Bowl LI:

Last spring Brady and his family vacationed with retired kicker Jay Feely, a close friend from their college days at Michigan. This being Brady, Feely prefers not to disclose the locale, but he does share that Brady’s wife, the supermodel Gisele Bundchen, spent time on that trip “trying to get me to convince (Tom) to stop playing.” And, Feely adds, “she was dead serious.”

Feely says he looked at his friend and told him, “Play as long as you can.” Brady smiled back and winked.

Brady admitted during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio last February that Bundchen “would have (him) retire today” if it was up to her.

Boston Bruins home games won’t be the same following the end of the 2017-18 season.

That’s because longtime anthem singer Rene Rancourt will retire at the conclusion of the season, the team announced on Wednesday.

Rancourt has sung the anthem since the 1975-76 season, a stretch of 42 years. Of course, he will be remembered most for his signature fist pump which was inspired by former Bruin forward Randy Burridge’s “Stump Pump.”

The team will honor Rancourt during the club’s final game of the regular season on April 8 against the Florida Panthers.

Larry Fitzgerald‘s future is up in the air, but the fact he’s the last remaining member of the Arizona Cardinals‘ old guard apparently won’t affect his plans.

The Cardinals’ star pass-catcher said Friday that the retirement of head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer won’t have any impact on when he also decides to walk away from football, according to James Palmer of NFL Network.

The future Hall of Famer could be motivated to return for at least one more year, with two milestones in reach. Fitzgerald needs just 92 catches and 390 yards to move into second on both the all-time receptions and receiving yards lists – both achievable marks for the upcoming season.

Arizona has yet to hire a new head coach and is likely to be in the quarterback market this offseason, whether via free agency or the draft.