“We’ve seen some devastation and injury in 35 years, but last night was different,” he said. “Time stood still.”
McIntosh also said he would be a lifelong football fan. He said the game’s brutality may make him uneasy, but the NFL’s safety protocols have improved significantly since he started watching them decades ago. He also recalled that at the time, fans were more likely to cheer when an opposing player was knocked out of the game.
Still, once the seriousness of Hamlin’s condition became apparent, McIntosh quickly pondered aloud whether his son would continue to let his eight-year-old grandson play football.
“He wants to start tackling,” McIntosh said of the boy.
Doby Moser, director of the Catholic Youth Organization, which runs sports programs, including soccer, for Catholic charities in Cleveland, has long wondered how best to keep the young players participating in the program safe. I was.
Hamlin’s injury is now a moment to take a step back and appreciate the organization’s improvement in safety procedures, he said.
“For people, it was jarring,” Moser said of the injury. “We’re talking about people who’ve been in athletics for five years and he’s been in athletics for 45 years, and for everyone it was upsetting.
O’Reilly said he often felt “ripped” by letting his son play football one day, admitting it was a “horrifying thought”. But she said she couldn’t imagine stopping him if he understood the risks.She has her 11-year-old daughter who does gymnastics, but she She said it was risky.