September 8th, was the first football Sunday of the National Football League’s 100th season. The NFL is one of the top-rated T.V. shows in America. However, recently more studies about the effects of repeated concussions on the mental health of NFL players have been coming out. This research is starting to affect parents’ decisions about whether they should let their kids play football in middle school and high school. Before the season began this year, star quarterback Andrew Luck surprisingly retired. Luck is only 29, so many people thought he had several years left in the league. His reasons for retiring include the mental anguish he experienced while recovering from the many injuries he faced. This just shows that some players are starting to realize that the physical damages they are enduring in the game are not worth their large salaries. The NFL and high school football teams have been adding new rules and policies every season to help prevent these injuries from occurring, but the risk for injury is still large.
Here at David Posnack Jewish Day School, we have not had a tackle football team in 8 years. However, we have a middle school and high school flag football team every year. Flag football requires much less physical contact, which makes the sport much safer for the participants involved. On September 11th, the Posnack high school flag football team won their first game of the 2019-2020 season against Hebrew Academy. They are currently 7-0!
Go and support your team.