An Open Letter From a Football Mom

Dear Mama on the Fence,

I understand your concern. I understand your fear.

It seems like everywhere we turn these days, football is getting a bad rep.

My son "will never play football. No, no."- Justin Timberlake, days before he was set to take the field at halftime of Super Bowl LII.

Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker Ryan Shazier suffering a tragic spinal injury on national television.

Maryland state Del. Terri Hill drafting a bill to ban tackle football for children under the age of 14.

I get you.

In fact, I was you.

But that was because I was allowing the thoughts and opinions of others to influence what was ultimately my parenting decision.

What the media doesn't tell you is that almost no sport is free of concussion hazard. Lacrosse, ice hockey, wrestling, and soccer are risky as well.

They don't tell you that most youth football organizations, as well as high school programs, practice Heads Up Football. Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools, the 10th largest school district in the country, has reported a 43.3% decline in concussions since employing the technique back in 2013.

They don't tell you about the health benefits youth football provides, both mental and physical.

They don't tell you about the life lessons it teaches; discipline, work ethic, respect, teamwork, just to name a few.

They don't tell you about the lifelong memories and friends that your child will make.

They don't tell you about the lifelong memories and friends that you will make.

They only tell you a fraction of the story. I wanted to share another fraction. The fraction that seems to get lost these days.

I also want to remind you that as with all parenting decisions, the final decision is yours. Only you know what is best for your child.

And football may, or may not, be it.

And that is ok.


A Former on the Fence Mama

*** Click HERE to read my "What I've Gained and Learned From Being a Football Mom" post that was featured on the NFL Touchdown Moms Facebook Page!