Bo Jackson “Would Never Have Played Football” If He’d Known About Brain Injuries
Bo Jackson knew lots of things back in the day. But one thing he didn’t know was just how dangerous head injuries were to his longterm health. And in a recent interview with USA Today, the former two-sport superstar admitted that, if he had known about the danger of head injuries, he never would have played football.
Let’s just cut right to the chase. Here’s what Jackson told USA Today:
“If I knew back then what I know now. I would have never played football. Never. I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they wouldn’t tell anybody. The game has gotten so violent, so rough. We’re so much more educated on this CTE stuff , there’s no way I would ever allow my kids to play football today. Even though I love the sport, I’d smack them in the mouth if they said they wanted to play football. I’d tell them, ‘Play baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, just anything but football.'”
Considering his incredible success on the gridiron—a Heisman Trophy at Auburn, induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, and a trip to the Pro Bowl with the Raiders—this is no small admission.
This is definitely some food for thought for all you parents out there with kids who want to play football.