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TODAY'S Takeaway: Favre's fears, Al's inspiration, Tamron's puppy love

Nov. 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM ET

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TODAY highlights: Brett Favre with Matt Lauer, Tamron Hall snuggles a puppy, and Al Roker praises Willard Scott.

1. Legendary quarterback and future Hall of Famer Brett Favre spoke to Matt Lauer about football, concussions and his future  in a piece set to air Monday

In a snippet of the candid interview, Favre said he doesn't have a son, but if he did, he told Lauer, "I would be real leery of him playing" football. "In some respects, I'm almost glad I don't have a son because of the pressures he would face."

Video: In a candid interview with Matt Lauer that will air Monday, the legendary NFL quarterback admitted that if he had a son, he would be leery of him playing professional football because of the issue of brain injuries.

2. As part of TODAY’s #InspiredBy series, Al Roker offered a touching and sincere tribute to his mentor, the iconic Willard Scott.

Al and Willard first met in Washington, D.C., when Al was 22. “We were kindred spirits,” Al said. “I wouldn’t be here doing the TODAY show if it wasn’t for Willard.”

Video: TODAY’s week-long #InspiredBy series concludes with Al Roker, who offers a sincere tribute to the charisma, talent, and caring nature of legendary weatherman Willard Scott.

3. An armed fugitive was killed after police confronted him in a children’s hospital in Milwaukee on Thursday, and one young patient describes barricading her room before hiding in a bathroom. Hear about her harrowing experience:

Video: An armed fugitive was killed after police confronted him in a children’s hospital in Milwaukee, and one young patient describes barricading her room before hiding in a bathroom. NBC’s John Yang reports.

4. Time warp! Sarah Chrisman, 29, had always been obsessed with Victorian life, she told TODAY, and was inspired by wearing a corset to dress exclusively in the attire of the era. Now, she bathes with a pitcher and basin, sews her own clothes, and uses only oil lamps. That's dedication, folks.

In honor of Chrisman's experiment, Natalie, Willie and Al tried out a corset -- and breathed to tell about it:

Video: Watch Natalie, Willie, and Al try on a corset after learning the story of how a woman is embracing the Victorian lifestyle.

5. Puppies! Lots of puppies! To help TODAY celebrate hitting 2 million followers on Twitter, nonprofit group Guiding Eyes for the Blind lent some of their guide dogs-in-training for an Orange Room puppy party. Here's Tamron having such a ruff Friday:

Video: To help TODAY celebrate hitting 2 million followers on Twitter, nonprofit group Guiding Eyes for the Blind lent some of their guide dogs-in-training for a gala Orange Room puppy party.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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