Harry Carson is Wise

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The above photo features Harry Carson, the former New York Giants linebacker and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

I don’t know him, but—at this moment—I love him.

Earlier today, in a radio interview, Carson said that he regrets playing football; that the concussions he absorbed throughout his lengthy career were absolutely not worth the glory and money. Were he able to do it all again, Carson says he never picks up a football. He says his grandchildren will absolutely, positively not play.


I mean that. Bravo. Far too many ex-players don’t take the leap Carson made today. They’ll express reservations about the sport. They’ll say they prefer their offspring turn toward basketball or baseball. They’ll moan about replaced knees and crooked fingers. But, only on the rarest of occasions, does a player say he made a horrible mistake. That football, as a game, isn’t worth it.

With everything we’re finding nowadays, from concussions to depression to ALS, no real arguments can be made in favor of participatory football. It’s a violent, brutal game that does bad things to good people.

Perhaps more ex-gladiators will follow Carson’s lead.

They should.

3 thoughts on “Harry Carson is Wise”

  1. At what point can we say: “I have no sympathy for the players. They knew the risks, and decided to play anyway, for money, for fame, for love of the game”? I think we’re now at that point. I have nothing but sympathy for an older person who has succumbed to emphysema or lung cancer because of a lifelong tobacco addiction, acquired while Big Tobacco was still suppressing the true horrors of this killer weed. I have sadness, but not a whit of sympathy, for younger people who are addicted to tobacco despite being surrounded by the truth. Ditto for football players. From here on out, if a football player suffers from the effects of the known violence of the game, it’s on him, and tough noogies.

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