Because I have not come from a football watching family, it is hard for me to understand the American obsession with football. Mty son did play a year of high school football and according to the coach was their star player. When he decided to swith to the theater, the coach was livid and called all summer long.
Now with all the news coverage about football players and domestic violence, child abuse, dog abuse and head injuries, I wonder if we don't need to re-think the place of football in our culture. At least there should be some basic rules about what is acceptable and what is not. When 32 billionaires own the National Football League and Roger Godell makes 44 million dollars a year, I believe that little will be change. It is all about money, not children, women, animals and peoples' lives.
I will never forget meeting a young man in a wheelchair who was a quadriplegic. He sustained the injuries in college football that caused him to be a quadriplegic. Yet I know friends who have children and grandchildren in college football and seem to delight in this. How relieved I was when my son and grandson took different paths. One is now a doctor and the other a musician.
I think that Roger Goodell should take his millions and find another line of work, but I wonder if that will change the culture of the NFL. Maybe if enough players, parents, womens' groups, and families complain the owners of the NFL will make some changes.