In 2011, my middle-school son came to me and said he wanted to attend a football summer camp at De La Salle. I asked what was De La Salle. I could see my son wanted to go with every ounce of his being. The school was an hour and a half drive from our house.
Should there even be high school football? Just asking that question is probably an affront to players and their fans at every level. But I'm asking because the question needs to be asked. Because don't we put student safety above all else?
As I watch the football players play their hearts out, I think about all the players who had done the same in the exact field years before. I think about the thousands of fans who pile into the bleachers year after year.
As a nation, we love football and we don't want to deal with the giant elephant in the room: football is a game that's inherently dangerous to the human brain, and there's really not much we can do about it.
Football is a part of who we are as Americans -- it's the definitive American sport. But while we cheer for our home team and revel in watching players get tackled to the ground we would be remiss not to think about the unfortunate players who suffer great harm from this beloved sport.