It’s simple. If you don’t want your children to participate in
football don’t let them participate in football. If you don’t want
anyone playing football, then it is rather hypocritical to be a FAN of football.
(Yes I am talking to many of you who are posting here). If you want to ban
through legislation football, then you have to ban pretty much all competitive
sports, because they all carry risks.Doug is right. If you ban football
where will it end? There are many sports that carry greater risk of injury than
Football is dangerous, skiing is dangerous, soccer is dangerous, skateboarding
is dangerous, driving a car is dangerous. Life is dangerous.I love
football and especially high school football. My sons played football in high
school. They had a great experience and I'm glad they were able to play.
Would I encourage them to do it again? Absolutely. But football isn't what
made them men. It was one of many life experiences that contributed positively
to their development. But it didn't define who they were in high
school.I understand if parents don't want their kids to play
football. That choice does not make them "snowflakes or flowers".
What's pretty sad is parents like Spokane Ute who most likely forced their
kids to play football so they could live vicariously through their sons. And
then they get to mock parents who don't want their kids to play football.
Now that's sad.The point of this article is to get the
government out of these decisions because where does it stop? If they can ban
football they can ban anything they perceive as dangerous.
I would take it farther and ban high school football too. It is clear that the
huge money in college and pro football are happy to sacrifice the health of
athletes for big money. You can't make football safe..the players are too
big too fast today and it reminds me of ancient Rome and the Gladiators. This
blood sport has to end. Bob Costis is right.
I personally know two young men who can't serve LDS missions because of
high school football concussions. If private organizations want to sponsor
football teams, let them do it. But, I really resent the fact that school tax
money is being spent on football when we have underpaid teachers, overcrowded
classrooms, and many other serious deficiencies in our schools. People might
say there are many benefits to football but debate, speech, music, drama,
student government, ACA DECA, are all much better predictors of long terms
success in life than participation in football.
IdablueAmen Bro Me and my kids wouldn’t trade
anything for the experiences we have had on the gridiron. It’s made them
tough it’s made them men. It’s made them learn how to play on a
team, how to win, and how to lose, how to respect your teammates, and your
coach. Our country is becoming soft, that’s just the way I see it. Take
care and have a good weekend!
I coached youth football for 10 years. Never once saw a concussion in those 10
years. I saw a few orthopedic injuries but no head injuries. It’s rare in
that group because the kinetic energy is just not that high. High
school is a different matter. You have many fully developed
“man-childs” with size and speed and it should be a concern. Of
course we should all educate ourselves to the risks and benefits with regard to
our children and sports, but I don’t want the nanny state that so many
liberals embrace. I guarantee I know what is best for my children much better
than the government!Football taught me, my brothers, and my children
valuable lessons about life, success, failure, commitment, responsibility, and
hard work that are invaluable. Like Spokane Ute I have ZERO regrets with regards
to me and my children playing football, despite the bruises and broken bones we
EastcoastcougFurthermore, So you’re saying we should ban all
sports? Read the article. I guess cycling should be banned right? It seems
pretty hypocritical to me that someone would take this position while commenting
on every football article out there. That’s pretty pathetic in my book!
What a hypocrite!
EastcoastcougIt’s called life guy. If you prefer to live your
life being afraid of every possible disease or way of dying so be it. I prefer
to live mine to the fullest, as do my kids. I’m proud of my kids and how
they’ve grown into men. My brothers and my dad also play football, they
are doing fine thank you very much. The worst injuries I’ve ever seen
while my kids were playing sports was in basketball. Maybe we should do away
with all sports and wear helmets everywhere we go.
@Spokane Ute,Read the research. It's not about concussions.
Parents now need to be informed. Those who subjected their kids to it in the
past can plead ignorance. Go talk to the families of those who lost their
husbands or sons to this disease and then you can go on about
Both of my boys played football from fourth grade through their senior year in
high school. They had concussions, they follow the protocol. Football made men
out of them. I’m so glad they played, this country is becoming a bunch of
flowers and snow flakes. It’s pretty sad
There are a lot of thoughtful editorials out there about CTE and this isn't
one of them. Doug whines and gives excuses about why this and why not that, etc.
Fact is, CTE is a killer and is showing up in all the positions,
linemen most because there are more linemen. The fact it is a slow killer is a
problem for some to grasp, as it was with tobacco. We're in the denial
phase. I used to be a huge football fan. Not anymore. It's
creating unnecessary brain injury in so many young men. And no, there
aren't more hurt by cycling. My brain isn't crashing against my skull
dozens of times when I take a long bike ride. I predict that at some
point, insurance companies won't cover HS football. And that will be the
end of it as the pipeline to college and the NFL dry up. You can
complain and deny all you want, but tackle football as we know it, is dying.
Just enjoy it while it is here, if you can ignore the consequences to these
I love football...I don’t like the injuries caused by the sport but one
thing I love and hate more than the former two is: I love my freedom and I hate
when a politician or law says I can’t do something. We can all govern
ourselves better than any government can.
Why don't lawmakers in IL focus more on their existing crime issues first,
and once they've got that handled, then, maybe they can see what can be
done to make youth football safer.
@Raster76So, along that line of thinking, we should bring back
gladiator death matches and let parents decide if their kids should participate?
You can use the phrases Nanny State all you want, Mr. Robinson. Mike Ditka--Fred
Dryer and many former players who are a lot more experienced and and
knowledgable than you on this subject have said "absolutely not" to kids
this age playing football. Jr. Seau took his life to warn parents of the risk. I
think I'll take their advice over yours. Why don't you go call Iron
Mike Ditka a nanny state supporter? I thought not.
Good, I support the efforts of the Illinois Legislature. I would take the age
up to 14. Children have no business playing a game, where impact is an inherent
part of the game. The public schools have no business supporting an activity
which can lead to brain damage. If adults want to play the game, that's
their own business.
PC culture running amok. Let people (and families) decide for themselves. Keep
Government out of sports (and several other areas of citizen's lives).I understand it can be dangerous, but slippery slope for laws to be
passed giving someone else control...