EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 3, 2013

Letter: Football is too dangerous for small children

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

I am concerned with an article that was in one of our local papers about the Pop Warner going to start with 5- to 7-year-old training for football. I don’t know if it is just me, but do these people pay any attention to what is happening around them? It seems that football is the only thing that seems to count, at all costs.

The NFL is investigating serious head trauma among pro football players. These players are adults beyond their growing years wearing enough equipment to protect a tank. Think of your small-framed 5-year-old child being slammed by a much larger 5-year-old child.

I am at a loss as to where the persons who proposed the training of 5- to 7-year-olds common sense and brains are located; certainly not in any area associated with the safety of children. I strongly feel that organized football should not happen until the child is a freshman in high school.

I think that any parent who brings a very young child to start football practice should rethink their values.

Charles Hosterman