Several years ago, we signed my son up for a flag football league. After just one practice, he told me he didn’t like it and wanted to quit.
As I wrote in my previous post, I encourage my kids to not be quitters. But he was adamant about not wanting to play football, so I gave in.
My son is so much smarter than me sometimes.
I just finished reading this eye-opening article about former NFL star Dave Pear and his debilitating injuries, in which he says, “Don’t let your kids play football. Never.”
Now, the vast majority of kids will not go on to a pro football career, but you have to wonder how many painful life-long injuries are incurred in high school and college alone.
Is a game worth wrecking your body?
I want my kids to be active, and to participate in team sports, but I also don’t want them doing things to their bodies that they’ll regret in later years.
I would hate to hear my son echo the words of Dave Pear, who also said, “I wish I never played football. I wish that more than anything. Every single day, I want to take back those years of my life.”
The fact that my son isn’t interested in playing football makes it easy for me. I will not push him into it.
He likes soccer, swimming, and basketball. Any of those sports could result in an injury, but nowhere near the type and frequency which are inflicted in football.
Heck, he could hurt himself playing Wii Bowling.
But when you read that 60 percent of former NFL players experience blistering pain from a sport they last played two decades ago, it makes you think about the words of Dave Pear.
So, do you let your kids play football?