Remember that big football game from this past weekend? You know, the thing that bookended the Beyonce concert? It was pretty great. After all, there is nothing more American than eating terrible food and drinking while watching large men run into each other.
All is not that well in the sport though, as more and more attention is being paid to the safety of players; the league has finally acknowledged repeated hits to the head are dangerous. Quite simply, the NFL has a concussion problem. Additionally, the macho culture of football encourages a dangerous perseverance; the desire to play through an injury is the worst possible course of action in response to head trauma.
Recently, big names like President Obama and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have voiced their opinions on the matter. And, here at NYU, we have a few of our own, too. Would you let your son play football? Let’s find out.