When you’ve lost East Texas, football…

When it comes to long-term consequences, this story should scare the people in charge of college football even more than the concussion suits do.

“From a safety aspect, you can’t teach a kid everything he needs to know in two weeks,” said Chase Palmer, a school board member who played football at Marshall, referring to how long coaches had to get their seventh-grade teams ready before their first games.

However subtle, the change in thinking reflected in Marshall’s decision about football may signal trouble for the N.F.L. — and the sport more broadly. ESPN reported in November that participation in Pop Warner football declined nearly 10 percent from 2010 to 2012. Every young athlete steered away from football contributes to a gradual erosion of the sport that is, by far, the most popular in the United States. This happened to boxing during the past several decades after it became associated with brain damage.

I’m sure the NCAA will get right on it.

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5 responses to “When you’ve lost East Texas, football…

  1. Normaltown Mike

    They may not take up soccer either.

  2. Bright Idea

    I hear kids aren’t playing golf either. I think its the walking and running more than the collisions. Cell phones too.

    • Bulldawg165

      Were they ever playing golf? lol

      • Macallanlover

        If you can get them interested, run through that door immediately. There isn’t another sport where kids can learn personal responsibility, character, and conducting them selves in a winning manner than golf. Sure, you can point to the few exceptions but what a great sport to learn how to deal with the many curves life can throw you and how to deal with them gracefully. And they can do it for life in both a competitive, social, and business environment.

  3. Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to play football. Save your yourself the heartache.