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Tom Brady's dad has big concerns about safety of youth football

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(Read caption) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) flips over on his head after he was hit hard by San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Cam Thomas, not seen, in the second half of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) NFLACTION11; Tom Brady
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This one might give parents with sports-minded boys some pause:

Tom Brady’s dad said publicly this week that he would be “very hesitant” to let his star quarterback son play football if he were making the decision today.

Yes, that means playing youth football at all. 

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The reason, Tom Brady Sr. explained, is that he knows more now about the long-term dangers connected to the concussions and head traumas that are part of the sport. He also threw his support behind former star quarterback, Kurt Warner, who took flak for saying that he would prefer his sons not play football.

“This head thing is very frightening for little kids,” Brady Sr. said. “There’s the physical part of it and the mental part – it’s becoming very clear there are very serious long-term ramifications.”

Brady Sr.’s comments are the latest in what has become a growing concern about the long-term physical impacts of football – and a growing debate for parents who are stuck between new health information and a sense that, well, this is just what little American boys do. 

(That debate gets even fiercer in parts of the country where high school football rules.)


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