The football is a rough sport played at the highest in the NFL. Injuries are a common occurrence from game to game in the league with some of those injuries, especially head trauma, lingering long after the careers of players in the NFL come to an end.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is one of the toughest players in the game today who is known for his ability to take hits and keep going strong. Although Roethlisberger is tough and can deal with the physicality of the NFL, he doesn’t want his son to follow in his footsteps in terms of playing football as he said on 93-7 The Fan.
“When we talked in the offseason about really evaluating and making sure, these are the reasons. And having kids, I hope my son plays golf. If he wants to play football that’s fine too but it’s a tough sport. It’s not for everyone. If he wants to do it, I’ll encourage it. If he doesn’t, I’m just fine with that as well.”
The physical nature of the game and the toll it takes on the body and the mind can be costly. More and more parents don’t want their kids playing football these and for good reason considering the research that has been done on the impact of multiple concussions over the years.
In fact, Roethlisberger seriously considered retirement before the start of the 2017 NFL season due to his injury concerns. There’s even a good chance the two-time Super Bowl champion could call it a career after this season if he feels he can’t physically deal with the grind anymore.
NFL careers appear to be getting shorter and shorter with players simply unwilling to deal with the constant injury problems. From Calvin Johnson to Patrick Willis, star players are willing to bypass a few more years for better health long-term.