Would you let your kid play football?
I have to admit, I'm kind of glad my kid broke his arm.
After years of playing flag football, he'd been begging me to let him play "real" football with tackling and pads and helmets. I finally relented when he was 12 and wanted to play in a city league. But then, just a couple weeks in, he broke his arm trying to catch his fall off a tackling dummy. It took him out for the season and I was quietly gleeful because he'd experienced the worst of football -- practice in 98-degree weather every night for hours. He was sore every night and the fun part hadn't started yet. They had only just started the tackling drills when he broke his arm.
So now that it's been all over the news how damaging football turns out to be for the players who suffer multiple concussions, I'm starting to feel like a real hypocrite because I love to watch football but I don't want anyone I love to play it. Former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner has said he doesn't want his kids to play football, either.
Lawsuits were filed last week in the names of former Bucs Brad Culpepper and Charley Hannah. Scot Brantley, Randy Grimes and Ervin Randle already are attached to suits.
"It was a different culture," Culpepper, 43, said. "You were expected to go back in. As they determine concussions today, I'd say 95 percent, maybe 97 percent, of players have had concussion symptoms.
"Were we given full awareness of the dangers? No. Would it have changed anything? I don't know."
So knowing what we know now about head injuries, would you think twice about letting your kid play football?
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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