Why My Boys Won’t Play Football


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Concussions in football are grabbing a lot of headlines these days. Everyone from pee-wee players to the pros are hearing the warning signals regarding the dangers of their sport. As a father of three boys, it’s been very scary to see all the media coverage and to think about my boys wanting to play football one day.

As most of you know, I’m a baseball guy. I played two years of college ball at Yale University before transferring to Vanderbilt. And while I decided to stop playing baseball and focus on academics shortly after arriving on campus, I was with the team long enough to realize just how powerful high-level college athletics were, and more specifically, just how lucrative they were.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that athletics in the Southeastern Conference are a big deal to many of the people who live here…

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