It’s August, time for training camp. Soon enough, football season will be underway.
You’ve long loved the idea of your son becoming a football player. Maybe right now he’s playing Pop Warner, with hopes of earning a spot on the high school team and, then, well, who knows? He’s attended camps and put in work on his own – sprints, time in the gym. So you know he’s disciplined.
But you might also be starting to get a little concerned about all these research studies. All those concussions, and potential problems. Just about every day it’s possible to read about a recent NFL player faced with a horrible health issue.
There’s also the delicate matter of team play. You’re convinced your boy has the skills to be a running back, or possible a wide receiver. But you’re not so sure what his coaches think. Are there other candidates for those positions? At one meeting, you heard a coach talk about trying different people on defense, which in your mind would be a complete waste of your son’s speed and hand-eye skills.
So here now, an alternative. Meet tennis, a sport where an individual can play every position – quarterback, receiver, linebacker, safety. A tennis player will touch the ball on every point. Nor need you convince the coach how good you are. Oh, yes, that might be a factor on a high school team, but really, all you need do is win your challenge matches – that is, earn your spot rather than have someone else evaluate you. And even if that doesn’t quite work, just go play tournaments.
Better yet, tennis is healthy – no concussions. And while football players rarely play tennis past college, tennis is a sport your child will be able to play his whole life.
So, sir, before you invest in another helmet or a pair of cleats, take a close look at tennis.