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NFL Nation Says: Push grandkids to play?

"There's a correct way and a wrong way to tackle," says Hall of Famer Dave Robinson. Tom E. Puskar/ AP Images

The topic of football-related concussions is one that hits home for many former players, including some whose children and grandchildren may want to follow in their footsteps.

At the inaugural NFL Hall of Fame Fan Fest in Cleveland in May, ESPN.com caught up with several Hall of Famers who shared a variety of opinions on whether they would encourage their children or grandchildren to play football, considering the concussion risk.

It's a topic that's been discussed from youth football parents to President Barack Obama, who said if he had a son he wouldn't let him play pro football.

Despite the rule changes the NFL has made in recent years to eliminate the types of violent collisions that can cause concussions, and despite the league's push for teaching youth coaches “heads-up” tackling techniques, some former players still have their reservations about letting their grandkids play the game.

“I'd rather for them to be a doctor or lawyers,” Cowboys Hall of Fame offensive tackle Rayfield Wright said.

Not all of the Hall of Famers shared Wright's sentiments. Here are more thoughts from others when asked if they would want their youngest relatives to play the game that made them legends:

Contributing: Mike Rodak, Michael C. Wright and Pat McManamon