My son and Football. Will it happen?

The question comes up here in the United States about my son his school of “Is he gonna play football?” This is the American type of football.

If you have time, watch the video and then continue onward. If not you can skip the video, but to get a good idea of where I am going with this you will want to see it. You don’t even need the sound.

 

 

My son is 10 and almost 5 feet tall, broad shoulders, athletic. To be downright personal, his shoulders were so broad he was delivered by C-section. His school is in the state playoffs, think championship tournament, each year, even making it to the actual championship game one of those times and the football program is not even 10 years old.

The school has the children of elite athletes including former professional quarterbacks, think the guy who passes/throws the ball down the field to his teammates. One of the coaches helping out was the winning quarterback in a Super Bowl. In other words, football is huge for the school.

He’s not playing football, or at least that is the intent. Why? If you watched the clip above you know why. Concussions are common in football. More common than anyone ever knew, because before they were kept quiet or the players didn’t say anything.  A key player out of a game could actually cost a coach his job.

If you watched the video then you know it was obvious the quarterback should have been out of the game. Who should have known? Anyone watching.  Some might say the coach didn’t talk to him on the sidelines, that a trainer or someone did. The trainers are actually the ones that can say yes or no to a player playing. Notice the quarterback never took his helmet off. He wasn’t thoroughly checked out. And then, in he goes.

Look at the kid’s eyes.

Michigan QB

Some people outside of the United States don’t think football is all that much. That we wear these protective pads. Okay. Imagine your soccer players being hit straight on by a 300 pound 6’5″ man running almost at Olympic level speeds. Hitting the player in the head as they are moving forward passing the ball, defenseless.

One of my high school friends learned how to drive a van last year. I’m 44 and so is he. It took that long for him to get enough control and get the right van to drive. You see his neck broke during a game in high school. A game that should have been stopped because we were losing so badly there was no way to win. A game that even the opposing team’s coach wanted to stop, but our coach said no.

My friend uses one of those breathing things to operate his chair with at times, and he has just enough control with his hands to be able to drive a specially modified van.

I always wanted my son to play football. But I would rather have my son.

The coach of the team in the video said basically that he had no idea and that if the kid wanted to come out he would have. Bull! The quarterback position is a competitive spot. No quarterback wants to come out, no matter what. And then you have the kid obviously banged up.

I love college football. It’s really the only football I even keep up with, the only sport for that matter. I used to be a huge tennis fan, but that was long ago. But I am slowly losing interest as time passes and the ethics of the coaches are revealed. The coach said he didn’t know. Yes the boy had a hurt leg from earlier, but what college guy is going to hang on to another player in front of thousands of people and hold his hand? The kid got nailed!

Will my son play football?

No.

My rant is over.

Much Respect

Ronovan

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6 thoughts on “My son and Football. Will it happen?

  1. I get where you are comming from. I also know someone in a wheelchair due to school Rugby… which is what we play in this part of the world. It is kind of like American football without all that protective gear.

    But on the other hand you have to think are you limiting your child by being overprotecive? Rather safe than sorry. But Ron, anything could happen at any time. You can fall of the stairs and …. (O! yea you already know this) We can’t protect them from everything… unfortunatly.

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  2. To be honest, I’m torn over this. My brother played high school football and baseball. I never worried about b-ball, but I cringed every Friday night when I went to his f-ball games, terrified he might get hurt. And he did a few times–a concussion once. When it was time for college, he had to make a decision: football or baseball. I was RELIEVED when he chose baseball. It felt “safer”.

    Funny thing, however, he got more hurt in the five years he played b-ball at UNM than he did in the 10+ years he played f-ball. For example: I listened to most of my brother’s b-ball games on the radio, and there was one when the announcer was detailing his at bat:”And Willett up to the plate…And the pitch–” Crowd gasps and screams. Radio goes to commercial.

    I freaked out! What had happened? Was my brother okay? Thankfully, my parents happened to be at that game, and my mom called me within a few minutes. I guess my brother got nailed in the side of the head with a fast pitch, and even with the helmet on, the impact was hard enough to knock him down and slice his ear open. It was terrifying. But, he was thoroughly checked over by the trainer and cleared to return to the field the next day.

    I guess my point is, all sports are dangerous. And really, life is dangerous. We can’t be scared about what might or might not happen. Of course there are precautions to take, and of course it’s horrible how athletes and coaches will ignore “the signs” and keep playing despite an injury. But that doesn’t mean we should live in fear of “what if”. We don’t know what God has planned for us. Maybe your son is destined to be a hall of famer? Or maybe he’s destined to be a librarian? Really, the future is wide open, and he should live it without the fear of “what if…”.

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  3. I completely understand your view. My wife never wanted my son to play football because of the concern of him getting hurt, however he got into ice hockey which can be just as violent, but his love of the sport was there and it was hard for me to say no and I enjoyed every minute of his hockey career through high school. I am sure it is hard for you being a college football fan to not want your son to play. This is a debate that will be going on for a long time.

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