The NFL and the effects of concussions on its former players have been hot topics as of late, especially since the PBS documentary “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” aired last month.
At the August 2013 TCA press tour, NFL hall-of-fame linebacker Harry Carson said that he doesn’t want his grandson to play football.
“I have a 3-year-old grandson and I’ve told his mom, my daughter, that he’s not gonna play
football. … Knowing what I know now, I do not want him to play,” says Carson.
“[My son] plays football now and I will let him continue to play football as long as he wants to play,” says Driver. “It is dangerous, but the only way it stops is if you completely take football out of sports and that’s not gonna happen. It’s a billion-dollar company.”
Driver also points out that there are other dangers when you outlaw helmet-to-helmet contact.
“When they start saying no head-to-head tackle, now guys are taking guys’ knees out. They’re ending guys’ careers,” says Driver. “You just gotta let ’em play. Quit trying to change the rules and just let ’em play.”
What do you think, readers? Do you or will you let your sons play football?