Why this may be the final week I watch football, and why Americans should quit it, too (COMMENTARY)

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) is brought down by Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) and defensive back Josh Bush (20) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Dec. 28, 2015. Photo courtesy of Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters. 
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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) is brought down by Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) and defensive back Josh Bush (20) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Dec. 28, 2015. Photo courtesy of Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters. *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-CAMOSY-COLUMN, originally transmitted on Dec. 30, 2015.

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(RNS) As long as we continue to support a game deeply connected to violence, each of us is implicated in the terrible toll this is taking on football players in their retirement.

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  • Fantasy football is just that, a fantasy, not football. If you take violence out of football, you also take football out of football. Perhaps the author is not a fan of football and doesn’t want to say it? BTW, hey Charlie! 😉

  • John Cahill

    Did you ever see the great film’ North Dallas Forty

  • Carla McClafferty

    For more about concussions in football and how repetitive head injuries relate to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) read FOURTH DOWN AND INCHES: CONCUSSIONS AND FOOTBALL’S MAKE-OR-BREAK MOMENT by Carla Killough McClafferty.

    http://www.carlamcclafferty.com/fourth_down_and_inches__concussions_and_football_s_make_or_break_moment_119519.htm

  • Russell King

    Whatever valid point you may have been able to make about the health risks of football was lost when you started out with prejudicial sweeping statements about meat eaters and pro-choice advocates, along with the lame attempt to equate a movie’s box office performance with collectice moral guilt. There is so much wrong here.

  • Grow a pair.

  • “The reason for this is related to the reason….abortion-rights activists don’t like to look at what abortion does to prenatal children.”

    That is an uneducated cheap shot.
    The bravest defenders of Abortion are the countless doctors who put their lives on the line every day to help women deal with the agonizing choice. And I assure you they all know exactly what the result looks like.

    And for your information 99% of abortions happen way to early for any of them to look like “pre-natal children” (good grief!) – they are a cluster of cells no larger than a fingernail.

    And yes, Football should be abandoned like every other dangerous idea.
    Unfortunately, America has no problem with violence or blood sacrifice.

  • john

    Yep, get one more weekend in before you act on your new beliefs. Next week is a better time to start.

  • Scott Shaver

    Why is it not enough for these politically and socially correct pundits to exercise their convictions QUIETLY.

    NO, they have to drag the rest of us through their little personal guantlets of guilt and inadequacy in the effort to take the fun out of living and the human experience for everybody.

    Competely egocentric IMO.

  • Philip

    This guy has no convictions and I’ll bet $100 he never stops watching football. He just wanted to make a statement with no way to know if he has integrity behind his words.

  • Deacon John M Bresnahan

    A few decades ago my sons were nagging me to let them sign up for football. At the time Daryl Stingly had just been strongly tackled and paralyzed for life. So they got an emphatic NO! Today we are all glad I stuck by my decision and the concussion issue gave me the chance to point out that Dads sometimes have to make tough decisions that bring out tears and stamping feet.
    The movie “Concussion” is great–I saw it this morning. Will Smith should get an Oscar. And as a Catholic I was proud of the strong Faith of the Nigerian-African Catholic doctor who is the “hero” of the movie.

  • Ryan

    Unlike the rest of the sophisticated, civilized world, who routinely get trampled to death or badly beaten at soccer games?

    There’s also no shortage of money coming in from films with gratuitous violence. The amount of money taken in internationally for such films dwarfs the US box office.

  • Ryan

    It’s one thing when you’re talking about excruciating (but completely recoverable) injuries like torn ACLs and even chronic effects like problems with the knees. Even paralysis is a known, apparent risk of playing football.

    There are few enough paralysis injuries in football that I would call it a calculated risk. The innovations in helmet design have reduced these risks significantly.

    CTE is transparent. It’s effects are not readily known and vary wildly from person to person. When faced with the prospect of making millions, who wouldn’t go for it, especially since it’s so easy to be in denial about it ever happening to them?

    Ask Junior Seau’s family about the “fun” and “human experience” they’ve had since he killed himself. Jovan Belcher, the guy on the Chiefs who killed his girlfriend and himself. And these are just the extreme cases; the regular old, run of the mill dementia sufferers and their families are sentenced to a fate worse than death.