Earlier this week University of Texas running back Tre Newton announced he was
quitting football due to previous concussions and the doctors recommendation. His dad, a former NFL player who won Super Bowls with the Cowboys, supported his son's decision.
While Tre's teammates were mostly supportive, they didn't all sound like they would quit football if they were in the same situation.
"I always go 100 miles per hour and will worry about all that health stuff 10 years from now when I'm done playing" said defensive back Blake Gideon. Perhaps he'd change his mind if he experienced a concussion and couldn't even remember the hit (Tre Newton's experience).
Michael Wilbon of ESPN's PTI fame often states that he'll never let his son play football, even if his son is as big as a tank, for fear of concussions.
Michelle and I agree about our kid. I told someone that yesterday and they were surprised. I simply stated that Strahm's are not built for football or soccer (bad knees plus we like to use more than half our body when exercising).
To me, it's as much a safety issue as not wearing a seat belt in a car or giving a 12 year old a driver's license. Too risky. How many former football players can barely walk and have brain damage? A lot.
Will you let your kid play football someday?