Tim Green was recently mentioned in an article about the benefits of letting ones child play football. In a sport surrounded by controversy of late, football teaches young people how to preserver. Nothing teaches a child how to metaphorically get back up after being knocked down in life, than literally being knocked down and getting back up. That simple action of receiving a hard hit and having the fortitude to get back up and continue towards your goal is engrained in those who play football as a youth.
The dangers of the sport are a real and present possibility, but with proper equipment and coaching the likelihood of serious injury is minimized. In this article Tim Green, former Syracuse and Atlanta Falcon football player is quoted from his book, The Dark Side of The Game: My Life In The NFL. He speaks about the positives that anyone can take away from playing football on a character level.
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