I LOVE this picture! Why? It is 6 teenage guys sleeping on the ground, they look like puppies don't they? You can only count how many there are after I told you!
These are not football players, they are lacrosse players, but the picture is the closest I have to football! These guys were attending a weekend jamboree, and were just plain exhausted and tried to sleep in between games (I headed to to the one and only pub open on Treasure Island).
I read the sports page everyday, and today I read an article about the health issues former NFL football players are encountering. No, it's not new, but it is so absolutely sad.
The article I read is called "The impact of hard knocks" by Ron Kroichick, and it was in the San Francisco Chronicle (I get two newspapers at home, San Jose and San Francisco).
It hits home because I have a 16 year old (17 next month) and he plays lacrosse. Lacrosse isn't the contact sport like football though.
He has never been allowed to play football, it was never open for discussion in our home, it was a non-negotiable from day one.
We live across the street from his high school. At every single football game, without fail a player is injured and needs to be transported via ambulance. Why would a parent allow their child to be placed in a position such as that?
Think about it. You love your child more than anything or anyone in the world, yet you are allowing them to participate in a sport that is known for head injuries and lack of enforcement and knowledge to prevent and treat them properly.
Here are the players in their glory afterward (more than 6)
Mine is front, center with white t-shirt and mouth guard that has blackened front teeth...
I would never send him out on a football field to play the game. What will you do with your child? I suggest you get them involved in another sport, anything except football, before it's too late.