Bob Costas would prefer that his child not play football

(L.M. Otero / AP)

Bob Costas may have a high-profile gig on NBC’s top-rated little “Sunday Night Football” show, but that doesn’t mean he’d allow a child of his to play the game.

He adds his name to a list of other well-known people (President Obama, Kurt Warner, Adrian Peterson, Bart Scott … to name a few) who have come to the same conclusion in an age of increasing awareness about the dangers of head trauma. In a podcast with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca, he said:

“I’d tell them no. I’d tell them no. I know that goes viral tomorrow. I might say — and you know what I know many many thoughtful people who have been involved in football their entire life — coaches, players who belie the stereotype of what we’ve got or think we’ve got coming out of the Dolphins’ locker room, very thoughtful people where football has shaped their lives in a positive way — so I’m not going to paint everyone with a broad brush.

“Maybe the better answer is: Be advised of the extreme dangers, know what you’re getting into. But let me put it this way: If it were my son and he was 13 years old and had reasonable athletic ability I would encourage him to play baseball or to play basketball or to play soccer or something other than football.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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