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Coming to a head

I don't have any idea if, or how, professional football will ever solve its burgeoning concussion issue. But if it's entirely fanciful to say it will be the death of the game if the powers-that-be don't get a handle on it, it's not at all fanciful to envision the game evolving into something utterly different than what we're seeing now.

It happened once before, back at the turn of the previous century, when Teddy Roosevelt himself took on college football because it had become little more than organized rioting that was killing young men like flies.


Well, now, even Tom Brady's father is having second thoughts about the game that's made his son an icon. This after former NFL star Kurt Warner said he'd be reluctant to let his kids play football.

As a father myself, I get where they're coming from. Fortunately, I'll never have to make that decision; despite what I do for a living, and the fact my 13-year-old son is almost as tall as I am -- and I'm a shade under 6-2 -- he's never professed the slightest interest in sports. Just not his thing.

If he were, though, reading what Brady's dad has to say might give me pause. And reading this might give me even greater pause.

Ben Smith's blog.