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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
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.