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I played high school football, in a manner of speaking. My friends and I often played tackle football without pads on the weekends, usually on muddy fields, which served to reduce the force of the tackles. As a junior at Jackson High School in Portland, at 5 foot 2 inches tall and weighing in at 115 pounds, I lingered at the third position on the varsity football depth chart as a cornerback, and played only near the end of lopsided games, simply too small to be taken seriously.
Growing up, football and basketball were my favorite sports. Â I played lots of touch football with my friends and family. Â Yet as parents, when our boys played high school sports, my wife and I did not allow them to play tackle football: Â We felt Â that with the amount and severity of injuries in football, the risk was too high. Â Given the recent revelations of long-term injuries in football, the question can be asked anew: Would we have let our children play football today, or more urgently, would we want our grandchildren to play football today?