Football is a difficult sport, with a nomenclature and rituals that are not always easily digested. It is a collision sport —not a contact sport — and injuries happen. However, the benefits of challenging ones self, battling a common enemy and finally being part of something bigger than ones self certainly make things worthwhile.
Currently only six incoming freshmen have come out, and from what I have been told less than 10 sophomores. That isn’t out of a classes of 25, it is out of almost 180.
We like to empower our children and let them choose things that they enjoy. However, at least at some point, those choices come from educated participation.
This isn’t just about football — it’s about life. Children can use their high school year as a time to remain sheltered from life until they are 18 or to a time to prepare for it.
Todd Lancaster is an award-winning columnist and can be followed on Twitter @blasterdog.