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Would you let your kid play football? I am not a parent yet, but just interested for those that are to share their feelings.
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Our 31 year old son lettered in 4 different sports in high school. In addition to that he played four years of college basketball so he was/is a very good athlete. He did not play football. He never asked if he could play and I never asked him if he wanted to play. Had he wanted to play I would probably have allowed it. I wouldn't have necessarily been thrilled about it but that's just me. I would have supported him as I always have unless he was doing something he had no business doing. I always believed that some choices were his to make. I have mixed emotions about football. I love it and am possionate about college football. I also feel a little strange sometimes knowing that I am passionate about a sport that has left a lot of guys in very pitiful physical condition for the rest of their lives. See Terry Beasley or even Mike Webster, all-pro center for the Stealers.
Of course I would. There are a lot of everyday activities that could leave someone severely injured. There is no need to risk missing an opportunity for fear of getting hurt. I would never force my child to play, but if they wanted to I would support them.
My son asked if he could play football when he was 10. I told him he could play football if that is what he wanted to do, but wait till he was in 7th grade. Well he is starting 7th grade and is attending some camps. There is some apprehension of course, but I will not say no if this is what he wants. I knew I should have let him play soccer and become a kicker.
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My son is only 4 so I have time to think about it. Most likely I will not encourage or push him to play football but if he shows interest and willingness to work, I will support it.
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