Manti Te’o plays football, and he had a fictitious girlfriend. President Obama and Commissioner Roger Goodell have fictitious sons who may or may not have been allowed to play football if they, you know, existed.
Recently, Obama said he’d be concerned about letting his son play, if he had a son. Now, Goodell says he’d have no concerns about letting his son play football, if he had a son.
Goodell told Face the Nation that he’d “absolutely” let a son play football.
“I couldn’t be more optimistic about it because the game of football has always evolved,” Goodell said, via the Associated Press. “Through the years, through the decades, we’ve made changes to our game, to make it safer, to make it more exciting, to make it a better game for the players, for the fans, and we have done that in a very calculated fashion.”
He’s right, and the folks who don’t have sons who claim they’d have qualms about letting their sons play football don’t realize that it’s not quite as easy to keep a kid from playing football as it seems. (Especially when the kid is one of the largest boys in a small Catholic school.)
We worry about everything our children do, and playing football is one of the natural things they do that will cause a certain degree of worry. But we can’t confine them to a plastic bubble, and we shouldn’t.
The great irony of the comments of our Commander in Chief is that he has the power to send into harm’s way young men and women who signed up for risks far greater than those presented by football. We remain at a fundamental level a nation of risk takers founded by folks who took the ultimate risk by launching a rebellion against the British.
So do I worry about my son playing football? Sure. Would part of me prefer that he not play? Without question.
Will I ever try to keep him from playing? Hell no.