Even though this is taking place in an affluent white suburb of Philadelphia, hardly a hotbed of future football greats, that there is even discussion of banning football at the high school level will be seen as a TELLING STORY in the wider debate about the future of the sport.
Patty Sexton, a Council Rock School District board member and Philadelphia public school teacher, voiced her opposition of school funding for football programs, which she called wrong given the risk of long-term effects for those who suffer concussions.
â€œItâ€™s no longer appropriate for public institutions to fund gladiators,â€ she said. â€œI am very, very concerned about putting these student-athletes in the position of getting a concussion. Football has gotten faster, harder and more dangerous with each passing year. Iâ€™m extremely scared we will eventually be sued over injuries suffered in sports.â€
Let the rending of garments begin! Down with lil’ gladiators!
For now, it’s just one school board member in a wealthy district, but who knows? Maybe she’ll Marge Simpson this all the way to state and federal government and there will no longer be high school football. Eventually colleges will follow suit and the talent drain will be such that the NFL loses support and ceases to exist. And then, I die. Yup, already resigning myself to this death. That way I’ll be extra shocked when the terminal alcohol poisoning is the cause.
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