Friday, January 13, 2017

Bo Jackson says he won't let his kids play football

Bo Jackson in 2004
The implications of the description of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy continue to reverberate as yet another former professional football player states that he will not let his children play football. The Kansas City Star reported yesterday that former Heisman Trophy winner and Oakland Raider star running back Bo Jackson said he would not play football if he were growing up today and will not let his children play the sport.

“If I knew back then what I know now. I would have never played football. Never. I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they wouldn’t tell anybody,” Jackson said in an interview. He went on to say that he has encouraged his children to play "anything but football". 

The NFL admitted in 2016 — after much hand-wringing and many denials and delays — that there is a link between football and CTE.


As a father of a 9-year-old boy myself, I communicated the same thing to my own son. 

(Thanks to Dr. Doug Shevlin for alerting me to this development.)

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