Junior Seau died yesterday. Tragic loss of life. A loss of life that brings up many questions in my own parenting as I sit here on, potentially, the eve of the birth of my son.
Will I let my son play football growing up? I really recommend this read by Andy Staples at si.com on the head trauma problems and whether or not he’s going to let his son play football.
It just seems to dangerous right now. Way to dangerous. Concussions, brain damage, let alone all the other injuries that could come with playing football. The risk doesn’t seem worth the reward.
I’m pro team sports. Very pro team sports. Character, work ethic, teamwork, diligence, amongst a list of other things. I love football. I played growing up. I think every guy should be able to throw a football around with his buddies. I’m pro defense. That’s what I played in Midget football (really, it’s called Midget Football back home). But, I do think that something has to happen especially with head injuries for me to let my son play.
It’s weird. Looking back on my High School career I often wished I would have played Football. Everyone made the team, and I wish I would have been a part of that. I only weighed 105 when I graduated High School so I wouldn’t have gotten a lot of playing time anyways. But the team aspect would have been great. And now, I don’t think I could allow my son to have the experience that I wish I had.
The risk is not worth the reward.
What say you?