While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:
1. When I asked Drew Brees recently if he would want his sons to play football with all the health risks, the New Orleans Saints quarterback said, “Absolutely. I think there’s an appropriate age. I wouldn’t let ’em play at 8 years old.” Brees said he started playing flag football as a sixth-grader at St. Andrew’s Episcopal and tackle football in the ninth grade. The former Westlake High star stresses the need for responsible coaching and the teaching of proper techniques. Brees said he has had only one documented concussion, in 2005. “I know a child’s brain is such a critical developmental process until certainly the age of 13.” He likes new limits on contact for lower-age football. “There’s risk associated with any sport,” he said. “Women’s soccer has one of the highest concussion rates. We have to make sure not to let anyone return to play until their brain is absolutely healed, and that may be longer than what people have thought in the past.”
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