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  • Diane Mack: Ready for some football? Heck yes

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  • It really is no fun ladies. That is what it stands for.
    Well, some ladies love it. I'd rather shop.
    I asked my kids, what does “it” stands for, to them.
    Kortney said, “Noise, forever, & late”
    Jared responded quickly, “Not for long as the average NFL player plays 3.5 years”.
    Yes, is it time for NFL football?
    I think Hank Williams Jr. still gets us started. “So get ready . . . are you ready for some football?”
    Yes, we have arrived to the season of vibrant colored leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, hay bales, and tailgating.
    The football season started for me, when I dropped that disgusting plastic mouthpiece in water and then directed my sons to chew on the piece and make it fit.
    Yuck!
    Yes, this past week was NFL kickoff. However, they are not the only ones playing football.
    Add the NCAA, D-1s, D-2s, D-3s, hundreds of high schools, middle schools, and little leagues across the nation. With football there is fund raising, cheerleading, food, nachos, barbecues, steaks, Hank Williams Jr., chips, dip, and Velveeta.
    Sometimes, there are worries with football. Look at 16-year-old Luke Nelson's sad story and the recent NFL settlement which promises $765 million to retired players with brain-related illnesses that they blame on concussions suffered on the field.
    If you haven't heard, more than 4,500 former players sued the NFL, “alleging it hid information linking head trauma to an array of neurological diseases, including dementia and a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The charges have generated increasing public and media attention.”
    It is all about money.
    Well, it is also about time. I mean, I do enjoy the game and everything which goes with it.
    However, being connected to disability, brain and head injury, for almost 40 years, gives me a different perspective.
    Two of my sons played college football. When I asked the boys about their helmets, one said he didn't care for the high school “dirty” helmets which didn't fit exactly as they should have fit.
    The other son stated that K-State and KU built and fitted the helmet to his exact head size and shape, following precise measurements.
    Does a $5,000 helmet prevent all concussions and brain injuries, if the game is close in score?
    You know they have plenty of research, with Ohio State being one of the most focused universities on football concussions. Don't think for a moment that a concussion during little league is all better now.
    Simply educate yourself and treat any concussion or head injury with care, cautiousness, and be extremely, conservative. Think of the NFL settlement as a warning and protection to yourself, your children, or grandchildren, whoever plays football.
    Page 2 of 2 - Football can be fun.
    Gotta run . . . remember, to be careful on the field and be a good sport in the stands.
    My thoughts of what NFL stands for; Never-ending, Food, win or Lose!
    Diane Mack is coordinator of Putting Families First, Jackson County’s Family Week Foundation. Email her at jacksoncountyfamilyweek@yahoo.com or visit www.jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org.

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