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This is the way football ends

It’s been a few weeks since this news report came out, and I’ve been wanting to comment on it, but life keeps getting in the way. But here it is: NFL player’s retirement at 24 prompts new debate about football concussions.

Borland was the fourth NFL player age 30 or younger to retire in a week… the article states, and while age 30 is pretty old for a game where players have careers that average 3.2 years (although the NFL disputes that number) that’s a lot of people dropping out in a short time.

And this is the way that football could actually fade away: not by legislative ban, and not by organized activism. It’s by young men who decide that the damage is serious and can’t be ignored, viewers who change the channel, and parents who refuse to let their kids play.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.



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Apr. 8th, 2015 02:53 pm (UTC)
My husband, who has always been cheerful about the idea of Young Indiana playing rugby, came home from listening to a radio news report about the incidences of concussion in rugby--something like 3 or 5x that of football--and told me I was right and that swimming was a nice sport. :)
Apr. 8th, 2015 02:57 pm (UTC)
Ping pong! It lets kids be competitive, it's aerobic, and there's little chance of neurological harm.

That's what my wife says, anyway.
Apr. 8th, 2015 07:18 pm (UTC)
and look at all the poor life choices that a lot of the more concussed players make..
Apr. 8th, 2015 11:11 pm (UTC)
Well, you don't have to be a football player to make a ton of terrible choices, but yeah.
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