Ditka Would Tell His Son ‘Try Golf,’ Rather Than Football Due to Head Trauma Issues
With the rising incidents of head injuries and the long-term health concerns over the health of veterans and former players, concussions are becoming a hot-button topic everywhere in the football world.
NFL Hall of Fame player and Super Bowl winning coach Mike Ditka told investigative reporter Jared Hopkins of the Chicago Tribune that while he wouldn’t stop his kids from playing football, he would steer them to a safer sport.
”Well, let’s say you’re a father right now, and you’ve got a [young] kid. So what do you tell them? People ask me the question. I would never discourage my son from playing football or baseball or anything else, but I would probably say, ‘Hey, listen, you ought to try golf.’ Seriously. And I think that’s what’s going to happen to a degree. And that’s just the way it’s going to be.” – Mike Ditka
Ditka was the former roommate of Bears center Mike Pyle, who died in July at the age of 76. Pyle was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a neurological disease found in people that have suffered repeated head trauma.
Mike Ditka on Concussion movie: "I haven’t seen it yet. Eventually I guess I’ll see it but it’s not going to tell me anything I don’t know"
— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) December 22, 2015
So who would win in a round of golf, one giant Ditka or 100 mini-Ditkas?
Mike Ditka Photo Credit: Todd Rosenberg, Getty Images
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