I remember the chill and excitement in the air at football games when I was a cheerleader. The rush of seeing the guys on the field and the thrill of a touchdown. The one thing I don’t remember is worrying that the impact of a hit was causing damage to the brains and bodies of the players we all loved in my little hometown. It was fun, exhilarating, and I loved it. But then I was a cheerleader… now I’m a mother.
A mother who is not sure that she wants her eight-year-old son to grow up and play the very sport she adored when she was in school. After reading Roxanne Jones’s article for CNN, “Make Football Safe for Our Kids,” the fear that something can happen, and in many cases has happened, makes that teenage pastime something that horror movies are made of.
As a football fan I love the game and all that goes with it. As a mother I don’t want my son taking part in any activity that isn’t safe. I’m not talking about the normal “safe” that every mother worries about with a football player. I’m talking about the real safety concerns that are popping up now. America loves football but the rules need to be changed to save America’s children before the game we all love is just a memory.