Imagine a past without Bo Jackson entertaining us all with his rare combination of size, skill and athleticism.
Timing can be everything in life, and if the former Auburn running back had known more about the health risks that came with playing football, it sounds like he never would have strapped on a helmet in his younger years.
As revealed in this interesting piece by USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner details how he wishes he would have had greater knowledge about the dangers that came with head injuries sustained while playing the sport. Jackson also speaks about how he wouldn’t allow his kids to play football today.
“If I knew now what I had known back then, I would have never played football,” Jackson told Nightengale. “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 (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), there’s no way I would ever allow my kids to play football today.”
This is a fascinating opinion. Jackson’s take definitely holds weight, given his success in the sport.
It’s worth considering how many potential Jackson-like talents might never see a football field in the future because of concerns related to the game. The worries are understood, and it’s hard to blame Jackson for his perspective here.