Over the last few years we’ve had celebrities and athletes come out and say that they wouldn’t let their kids play football. Lebron said, Linda Cohn said it, even some great former and current NFL players said they wouldn’t let their kids play football. While the NFL is trying to lead the way in making the game safer on all levels, it’s still a dangerous game so my question to you guys is, would you let your kids play football?Feel free to forward this to Claude, Shayna or anyone else that would have an opinion on this.
Weird question for me. Im not a huge football fan so I have many biases im bringing to the table. Im a huge NBA fan and if studies came out saying it was bad for my child I do not think that would deter me from having my child play the sport. Football seems to be the sport that translate to character later in life when played as a youth. Still the fact is that the hits sustained in football can cause life changing injuries. We all saw Jason Streets fate in “Friday Night Lights…..didn’t WE!
I’m still on the fence about Jason Street. Something tells me he was just a weakling. To your point though, I’m a pretty big football fan and I wouldn’t stop my kids from playing it. Times have changed and the game is safer on all levels. We’re learning more and more about concussion and everyday. It used to be that if a guy got a concussion, coaches, the player himself, the medical staff and everyone involved would try to conceal it. Now with the concussion protocols, guys are being taken better care of. It’s even gotten to the point where in college football, if a players helmet comes off, he’s required to sit out the following play.
I wouldn’t let my kids play football unless they really wanted to play and even then I wouldn’t want them to play until they are older. The game is inherently dangerous and although it “instills” essential leadership values, I believe a child can get those traits from other sports. If it were up to me I want a kid to be dumb but able to throw a 110 mph fast ball with control and movement.
Personally I feel like football is one of the few sports that teaches teamwork and leadership. At no point in all my years of playing football was I the best player on the team but if I didn’t do my job, we could lose. No matter how good Peyton Manning is, he still has to trust and believe in 21 other guys. You can’t be a lone wolf the way you can in other sports and that’s a trait I value. There’s a feeling brotherhood and camaraderie that I never felt when I played other sports. The game is very violent but it’s taking steps to become safer. We don’t see as many injuries caused by contact and as we go on, things like that will only improve.