The NFL is currently suffering an epidemic of dead and diseased players. From Junior Seau and Dave Duerson to the countless many suffering from dementia and other awful mental illnesses from their playing days, the NFL has a serious problem on it’s hands and it’s starting to scare people away from the sport. People in the stands are fine, it’s the fans with sons that are uneasy about letting their loved ones become involved in a game that can destroy your brain.
President Obama took a stance opposing the direction the NFL has been trending, and now the wife of a current player has put her foot down and said her son will not follow in his father’s footsteps. Jay Cutler’s wife, Kristin Cavallari told DNAinfo.com that while she supports her husband’s career, she will not be allowing their son Cam Cutler to play football.
“I will try to steer Cam in a different direction, maybe a sport that isn’t so aggressive,” Cavallari said. “Maybe baseball — something where he doesn’t have to get hit.”
Notice she didn’t say we. Cavallari admitted that if Cam eventually wants to pursue football, she’s not going to be able to stop him.
“At the end of the day, I think if he wants to play football, I don’t know if I’m gonna have too much control over it,” said Cavallari. “You know, how can your dad be a football player and you tell them that they can’t do it?”
Cavallari will likely have to travel the road so many football wives have, as Jay Cutler isn’t necessarily a guy who’s seldom been hit in his career. Cutler suffered a pretty bad concussion this season against the Texans that held him out of the Bears next game against the 49ers. The constant wear on his body and his brain suggests that in 20 years time, we will be hearing about CTE showing up in Cutler’s brain, if it hasn’t already started to show now.
Brain injuries in the NFL will always be a controversial issue among people. While nobody wants to see someone they idolize become a vegetable, the argument is that the NFL isn’t the only life these guys can choose. Roger Goodell and company are on a crusade to better the game, but it’s questionable as to who’s interest is really at heart: the NFL’s wallet or the NFL’s product?
Either way, people are already beginning to back off the glamour that a life in professional football affords oneself. While you can get all the money and girls (or guys) that you could ever want, the price is clearly starting to be too much for people to bare.