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OPP: Play Football

Today’s OPP came from Shannon:
Yi guys! I know football season is still far off, but I don’t want my son to play. He’s played for the last 2 years. With all the recent news stories about football players and brain injuries, I’m thinking about telling him he’s done. My husband says I’m crazy because most of those injuries come from years of repeated hits from professional athletes. As a mom though, I feel like it’s my duty to protect my son. If he does play, I will refuse to watch a single game. Am I overreacting?
What advice do you have for Shannon?
I have been watching a ton of Friday Night Lights lately and I remember in the pilot Jason Street lost the use of his legs. It was really sad and so hard to see, but it is very rare that injuries like that do happen. The media is known for shining a light on football injuries and of course their scary and of course the game comes with a risk, but if you love it, you have to be willing to look past it. Almost everything comes with risk. This is no reason to make her son give up something he loves. If she’s so worried, maybe there’s ways to be make it less risky. I don’t have all the facts, but Shannon is definitely overreacting.
Peace. Love – Assistant Producer Stephanie

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05/10/2012 10:59PM
OPP: Play Football
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