After years of hitting or getting hit, lots of NFL players have retired over brain injury concerns (Steve Young and Troy Aikman come to mind), but Chris Borland of the 49ers retired over the same concerns, but after playing professionally for just one season.
A few years ago 79 deceased football players brains were examined, and 76 of them showed signs of degenerative brain disease.
One former player committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest, leaving a note requesting that his brain be examined.
More and more NFL players have been arrested in recent years for off-field violence.
I remember John Madden saying a few years ago that today's safety equipment has made football more dangerous because the defensive players are bigger, stronger and faster than ever, and the armor they wear prevents them from feeling the impact of their own hits.
Stories like these are causing parents to keep their kids from playing football.
What do you think? Did your kids play? Will you let them in the future?
I had daughters, and didn't have to deal with it, but if I had a son, I think I'd steer him toward safer sports.