This one coming out of ESPNChicago Monday...
Kristin Cavallari, fiancee to Chicago Bears quarter Jay Cutler, told reporters that she will try to persuade their 5-month-old son, Camden, away from football when he gets older. However, Cutler had a different opinion...
"I will try to steer Cam in a different direction, maybe a sport that isn't so aggressive," Cavallari told DNAinfo.com Chicago."Maybe baseball -- something where he doesn't have to get hit."
Cutler has suffered concussions the past two seasons that caused him to miss the game the following week.
"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, who is a former MTV reality star. "You know, how can your dad be a football player and you tell them that they can't do it?"
During the Nov. 20 "Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000, Cutler was asked if he would let his son play football.
"It is a huge number of players that have played football for numerous amount of years and don't have any symptoms from concussions and are leading completely healthy, normal lives," Cutler said. "I think as a culture and as fans of football everyone got caught up into the concussion mania and awareness, it's kind of -- I don't want to say blown out of proportion, because it is a significant issue and something that needs to be paid attention to. ... There is a lot of other things I worry about for Cam other than football. I have diabetes, our food situation in America with preservatives and everything else we put into it, that's something I worry about a lot more than him getting concussions playing football.
"So, to answer your question, would I let him play football? Absolutely."
While Cutler would be all about his son playing football, Hall-of-Fame quarterback Troy Aikman and president Barack Obama have expressed the same sentiments of Cavallari recently.
Ravens safety Bernard Pollard also told CBSSports.com that he doesn't think the NFL will even be in existence 30 years from now because of all the rules changes. However, those changes are designed to make the game safer. The NFL is already facing hundreds of lawsuits from former players suffering from permanent conditions resulting from years of injuries during their active careers.
What do you think? Does football have a future in this country? Are we making the right progress to make the game safer or is everything being blown way out of proportion?
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