Who is a Football Mamma? And when did I become one?
Perhaps it was the realization that my child stood a better chance of getting a sport scholarship than an academic loan. That is definitely a cultural shift from my day, where academics were the tickets to college. Now its sports. Like everything else, rules to exploit high school students and their parents are the norm, putting them at the mercy of coaches and online businesses meant to exploit their fears and dreams. Now that we are more aware of the long-term health risks, I question the benefits, particularly, when the number of players who go on to become pro or NFL players are so few. Why would I now knowingly let my child play football (given it is responsible for most sports-related injuries) if the risk of injury is so much higher than the benefits?