Drew Brees enthusiastically lets his boys play football

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As brain injuries have become a bigger concern, more parents express doubts about letting their children play tackle football. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, however, is an enthusiastic football dad.

“Do my boys play? Oh, yeah. They knock the crap out of each other,” Brees said.

Brees said he still sees football as the same physical game it was when he started playing as a boy, although he does notice that he and his fellow players are more concerned about hits to their opponents than football players were 10 or 20 years ago.

“The game is still played the same,” Brees said. “Obviously the rules have changed, so maybe that hit that a guy would go for, a safety on a receiver over the middle, he’s changing his launch point a little because he doesn’t want to get fined 25 grand or 50 grand for that hit. I think in the past, when a guy would get hit and it was obvious that he was knocked out or woozy, that was a great thing, everybody was jumping up and down cheering like, ‘Yeah, you knocked him out.’ Now I think the mindset is different like, ‘Somebody go out there and make sure he’s OK’.”

The rules have changed, but football remains a great game, one that Brees is glad to pass on to the next generation.

11 responses to “Drew Brees enthusiastically lets his boys play football

  1. A football field is one of the safest places for your kids. They never have drive by shootings. They’re not injecting heroin in the huddle. They’re not being exposed to cancer causing agents in the work place. There are millions of Americans on permanent disability who never played football. Go stand outside an emergency room for a couple weeks and take a survey of the people arriving by ambulance to see how many are coming from football fields. Do that, and you’ll be signing your kids up for football tomorrow.

  2. Kids are going to play tackle football out of sight if they want to play tackle football. You might as well supervise it.

    Just as big an issue is living up to daddy’s name.

    The answer lies in better helmets and better coaching but telling any kid he CAN’T do something very often makes the kid want to do it more.

  3. The movie concussion sparked all kinds of fears. But if you really understand that the movie only used players brains who had shown symptoms before they were dissected, you realize that this was a biased result. Most former football players are completely healthy. Besides when they’re in Pop Warner League those kids are not hitting each other hard enough to make concussions

  4. Good for him. The majority of former players have gone on to live relatively normal lives. There are certain groups that only want to emphasize the handful of those who suffered from repeated head trauma.

  5. Okay, good. But does Drew Brees make his kids coaches cut the promising young backup QB who is a threat to kids (due to his kids age), or trade other players on their teams they can’t afford because they have to pay his kids?

    Didn’t think so.

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