In response to JABF, I would just like to add that while my wife and I chose to "discourage" football, we did not "prohibit" his participation. If he had loved the sport like his Dad did, he would likely be playing even though we would be biting our nails the whole time. While that was OUR decision, I simply CANNOT look down my nose at any family that DOES watch their son's on Friday nights. In my opinion, the benefits of the game are almost worth the risk. The only lifetime experience that even comes close to the dedication, discipline, teamwork and comaraderie of being a part of a football team (especially a successful one) was my time in the Army. Many other sports teach the same lessons, but I don't think they reach the depth of the game of football. There is a reason why war analogies are so often used in football, because the total physical and mental demands are so extreme. I just think it's every families decision to make and I think my son would benefit from being a part of our local team in many ways, but I have also seen several concussions on our local squad, and one in particular being knocked of the honor role afterwards. None of our kids locally are going to play pro ball, some MAY play college ball, but I believe the risk for concussion is greater than the chance for athletic scholarships and I believe Academic scholarships are the better targets. This is such a personal decision for each family given what we know today that it should not be used as another element to judge each other. Society has already given us too many of those.