Thanks to Parents, Football Is Toast
John Kass doesn't think the NFL can survive the concussion issue
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2013 12:06 PM CDT
Central Michigan offensive linesman Eric Fisher blocks against Western Kentucky during the second half of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

(Newser) – The NFL draft is a time to think about the future of football, and John Kass has come to a conclusion: "It's as dead as the Marlboro Man," he writes in the Chicago Tribune. You know the reason: concussions. But contrary to what you might expect, the lawyers fighting a barrage of concussion-related lawsuits aren't to blame, argues Kass. "Lawyers are merely the cleanup crew." The group that will ultimately prove to be football's undoing are parents. As Kass explains, "The NFL desperately needs" them, "not as fans, but as suppliers of young flesh."

But "parents who send their 10-year-olds to play football might as well hold up signs saying they'd like to give their children cigarettes and whiskey," argues Kass, who's making his kids play soccer, even though he used to play football. He loves the sport "desperately," he confesses, "but I can't shake the guilt of supporting the physical ruin of great athletes." Pro football may survive, but as a "trash sport" like MMA. "It won't be as American as apple pie. Instead, football will become the province of people with face tattoos." Click for his full column.

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May 4, 2013 7:51 AM CDT
I would not allow my son, to play football in high school, for the same reason.
Apr 28, 2013 10:58 AM CDT
John Kass, you say you played football (sports)? Then prove it. As a 10 yr old European immigrant, soccer was your sport. And based on your comment about being "too small to play in college" - IF you actually played HS football rode the bench. Football teaches MANY important life skills - mental toughness, discipline, team-work, leadership, confidence, etc without going to a foreign country, getting shot at or worse sent home in a pine box (which I too support but just saying). I've coached lots of kids who've told me over & over how football benefitted them in many different ways later in life. Plus, if you kill football, then get rid of hockey, boxing, wrestling, lacrosse, gymnastics, martial arts, and all Xtreme sports. Shame on the Chicago Tribune for attaching its name to this horrible uneducated & biased propaganda piece.
Apr 26, 2013 8:55 PM CDT
Football needs to clean up it's act and go back to Tackling.