Why Football Matters

February 7, 2016
children playing football
children playing football

With the Carolina Panthers facing off against the Denver Broncos in Superbowl 50, football is on our minds this week. And for many of the millions of fans who tune in every Sunday to watch their favorite teams compete, football is little more than a weekly ritual. For English professor Mark Edmundson, the football field is a staging ground for some of life's most important lessons. In his book "Why Football Matters," Edmundson looks back to his own high school years playing the sport and reflects on how it taught him courage, resilience, determination, and other values he'd draw on as an adult.

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So logical and along the lines of what I'd been thinking all along: no one is forcing any of these men to play football. The lure of fame and wealth clearly outweighs risk for them. But rules around safer play indeed need to be inforced.

So logical and along the lines of what I'd been thinking all along: no one is forcing any of these men to play football. (The lure of fame and wealth clearly outweighs risk for them.) But rules around safer play indeed need to be enforced.

While this episode was being run with Mr. Edmundson commenting that it would be hard to find a football player who regretted playing Only A Game on WBUR was airing the story of Dave Pear (Superbowl XV winner) who regretted playing.
onlyagame.wbur.org Feb 5th episode.
It is true that knowing the risks helps players make decisions the player should also know that the league will do virtually nothing for the retired players health. See "Super Bowl week highlights NFL's health crisis"