One of the most common questions for current and former football players has become whether they’d let their sons play football.
Even if, you know, they don’t have sons.
Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre has joined the ranks of football players who have opined about whether they’d let sons they don’t have play football, in an interview with Today that debuts on Monday.
“I would be real leery of him playing,” Favre tells Matt Lauer. “In some respects, I’m almost glad I don’t have a son because of the pressures he would face. Also the physical toll that it could possibly take on him, not to mention if he never made it, he’s gonna be a failure in everyone’s eyes. But more the physical toll that it could take.”
In other words, Favre realizes his son would be expected to play like the sons of Archie Manning — with the possibilty that he’d play more like the sons of Joe Montana. And that’s clearly part of Favre’s concern.
The physical side of it applies as well, like it has for thousands of parents who actually have, you know, sons. And every parent eventually has to make the decision about when and if their sons will play football, if their sons want to play football.
Like so many other things our children want to do, the final analysis is far more important than what the parents want them to do. I don’t want my son to drive a car, but he does. I don’t want my son to ride in a car being driven by one of his friends, but he does.
I definitely don’t want him to ever ride a motorcycle. And, fortunately, he has yet to show any hint of wanting to.
I don’t want my son to do anything that makes me worry about him, but short of putting him in a plastic bubble there are certain risks that are taken as part of life. Mrs. PFT and I have decided that the benefits of playing football still outweigh those risks.
It’s a decision that each parent has to make. And it’s a decision that only becomes relevant when a parent has a child who wants to play football.