More Detailed Ideas I Had for the Future of American Football.

I’ve written before about American Football and what has been found out about the frequency of concussions.

I can’t imagine the game going away, as it is such an interwoven part of United States culture.  For my non American friends, ask me why, but that may be an entirely different essay.

Sports in America were always a ticket out of poverty.  Football may be on its way to becoming even more so.

Think about it.  There is going to be a break even point.  Even if a rich kid has the talent, how likely is it he will risk a serious injury from football, when a lucrative career in something else may be waiting.

Back in February, my friend Tereza posted the link for a radio series about Harper High School in Chicago and the gang related shootings affecting the students, including the football team.  In that case, what is the break even point between concussions on the football field and being shot?

These are my ideas:

As much as I enjoy University of Alabama and University of Arizona football, does every National Football League player have to come from the college ranks?  We all know how real most “Student Athletes” are.   I mentioned the example of Harper High School.  The Englewood neighborhood of Chicago is not the only neighborhood like that in the United States.

Some Major League Baseball teams have academies in the Dominican Republic to produce players.

Why can’t the following happen?  The Chicago Bears can have an academy in a neighborhood like Englewood.  The kids chosen, would live there and get Academics as well as football.  You would have a supply of players.

Spread that idea, and have academies overseas in West Africa, Polynesia and Europe.    Work out getting the most skilled players from many nations and deprived backgrounds.

Yes, the game is dangerous.  For some kids though, the risk is worth it.  Sounds cruel, but the way it is.


About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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4 Responses to More Detailed Ideas I Had for the Future of American Football.

  1. Steven says:

    Will never happen! NFL whole reason to hide the brain damage problem was to keep youth and HS football alive. They have schools with tax money developing players for free. They will fight till the end to avoid spending one penny on player development. Remember the NFL is the richest league in the world because of low expense and tax subsidies, not because they have the best product. The game is only popular in this country only. Don’t believe the lies.

    • tucsonmike says:

      Steven, thanks for the response. I never thought of it that way, but you’re right. They can get away with seeing the players as cannon fodder basically. The Roman Arena with different rules and equipment. Thanks for pointing this out!

  2. realeyezlife says:

    it’s criminal what the NCAA is doing to college athletes…I have stopped watching college sports because of their total disregard for the safety and care of athletes and their utter greed….i’m diggin your blog’s very good…peace christian

    • tucsonmike says:

      Thank you for checking it out. I agree, the greed is outrageous and another person responding to this post said something I didn’t think of about the NFL counting on shelling out as little money as possible and depending on high school and college kids getting banged up.

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