Eric Crawford’s Sunday column at certainly offers plenty of food for thought concerning one of America’s most popular traditions – especially if you’re the parent of a young boy. In it, he talks about the recent medical findings that showed a relatively high incidence of permanent brain damage among former pro football players, and the resulting debate over whether this proves the game is simply too dangerous to continue.

As Eric says in the article, the study in question is somewhat skewed because it was based on tests that were performed on the brains of deceased players who had already shown symptoms of brain damage. Plus, its subjects played in an era before more stringent safety measures were enacted at all levels.

Nonetheless, anyone who watches pro or college football on a regular basis has to admit that the number of concussions and other head collisions is obviously much higher than in any other sport, with the exception of boxing or mixed martial arts.

So where should we go from here? Speaking personally, I love football, and would hate to imagine weekends without it in the fall. But is it possible to adequately prevent devastating consequences among those who play it?

If I had a young son right now, I’d still encourage him to play football. But what about you?

Call and tell us what you think.

I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.

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