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Future of Football: Readers respond

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You're listening to the spoken edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. Future a football readers respond by Al Sarah Cevic in late October, the chronicle published a six part series examining the future of football. The premise was simple now that we know the sport can cause lasting brain damage. Driving some to suicide. What are we going to do about it a dedicated team of chronicle? Journalists spent months digging into the subject, you can read the whole thing at SF chronicle dot com slash future afoot ball in a letter to chronicle subscribers I encouraged response. What do you think should be done? What will the game look like in twenty years? Let me share a few of those voices. Thanks, your reflection is so important. I did love your projection that football would look like boxing. Why the continued ignorance with little effort to address the problem, Frederick e Hessler at San Francisco, all your main recommendations. Make logical sense. And are the right thing to do. I was lucky. I was too small for playing grade school football, my coach realized this I believe in I sat on the bench. My mother always feared I would get seriously injured with regard to parents and kids now ultimately people need to make their own decisions about what to do with regard to their children playing football. If flag football is an option that would be great. I believe sooner than later American football, as we know it won't be as popular. Instead people will migrate to lesser injury prone sports that are also rewarding for fans parents schools and students John Durham Napa. Everybody's jumping on the football is dangerous bandwagon. This story is long winded bull all major sports have physical contact soft. Wimps are ruining this country and turning our men into soft little pansies look at the average something male today. Weak wimps worrying about the. Next superhero or Star Wars movie, all this coddling and winding is pathetic name withheld. I'm sixty eight I played for four years in high school and a year of college. I never finished a season mostly knee injuries. But I broke my thumb in college in a way that required surgery. I also boxed in college. I attended a forty Niners Cam for high school students where a very aggressive game of quote unquote, touch resulted in a hit that caused me to lose vision in one eye for a few plays naturally. I stayed in the game. So far it hasn't caught up to me. Anyway, I think one partial solution is to make all the pads and helmets soft on both the inside and the outside. Also, I think many knee injuries could be eliminated. If there were no cleats Leif ODA grin Petaluma step one change, the channel the rest of it really won't matter so much Greg Tolman, Berkeley Ulta. Emmett frisbee all quarterbacks. No, linebackers, spike. Connor Redwood City. It would be interesting to know, whether rugby has the same level of problems with brain trauma as football rugby players wear. No helmets or padding. And there are strict rules about tackling. I suspect that the protective gear in football increases the incidence of brain trauma because it allows players to hit each other harder. It doesn't take a direct head impact or cause a concussion. The sudden acceleration from a hard hit can do it. Even if there's no head contact in rugby players are less inclined to use their bodies as weapons when tackling because it could cause injury to the tacklers. It's counter intuitive, but reducing the amount of protective gear in football could make it a safer sport. The culture of the sport has to change to players coaches fans broadcasters and reporters have to stop seeing a disabling hit as a good thing. Ng? Jeff Lichtman Elsa. Reto? Bravo end. This disgusting sport. There's five thousand four hundred seventy two more peaceful ways for young people to quote, unquote, build character, Chris Moffet, San Ramon great articles on the game of football. If you get a chance read some of the books or articles on John gangly Ardy, the Saint John's university division three coach whose philosophy on the game of football was so different than any coach. I've known even in the fifties and sixties no tackling in practice. No practice longer than ninety minutes. Water breaks it Sarah his philosophy worked. He one more football games. Four hundred eighty nine than any coach in NC double A history along with four national championships. I played for John in the sixties on one of his championship teams. We never had anyone hurt in practice except the occasional ankle sprain. We had a few transfers from schools like. The university of Minnesota where Murray Warmoth coached with the philosophy of making the practices tougher than the games kind of survival of the fittest code that was not unusual at that time football needs to change again. Thanks for the great articles Terry Underwood, according Madera, here's a modest proposal. Make everyone eligible why linemen are ineligible for passes. Always been a mystery to me this is somewhat more radical than the eight ten offense. I think that's what it was called that. The Piedmont high coaches developed and was voted down by the NF s but it would keep the nature of the game intact while changing dramatically if everyone is eligible the game will spread out, and there will be more of a premium on speed and agility, then raw size, power football will make less sense and just as the three point line and the warriors style has pretty much removed the power game from basketball, especially at the lower levels. There will be a shift toward more scoring. And use of the whole field. It's not a complete or perfect solution. Of course. But it moves the game away from one on one contact and towards skill and speed clay Callum, walnut creek, the late US Senator, gene. Mccarthy democrat Minnesota had a great line. He said football is like politics, you have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it's important Eric mills Oakland, thanks to all of our readers who responded, interestingly, we didn't get much from people defending the sport as it stands. Maybe we're preaching to the choir here in the bay area. Maybe people are starting to see the truth.

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