No football for Jay Cutler's son?
Kristin Cavallari, the fiancee of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, said Monday she'll try to persuade their 5-month-old son, Camden, not to play football when he gets older, although she knows that could be a difficult task.
"I will try to steer Cam in a different direction, maybe a sport that isn't so aggressive," Cavallari told DNAinfo.com Chicago. "Maybe baseball -- something where he doesn't have to get hit."
President Barack Obama was the latest to join the chorus of concern over head injuries in football when he told The New Republic that if he had a son he would think long and hard before allowing that son to play football. Former NFL stars such as Troy Aikman expressed similar sentiments.
Cutler has suffered concussions the past two seasons that caused him to miss the game the following week.
"At the end of the day, I think if he wants to play football, I don't know if I'm gonna have too much control over it," said Cavallari, who is a former MTV reality star. "You know, how can your dad be a football player and you tell them that they can't do it?"
During the Nov. 20 "Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000, Cutler was asked if he would let his son play football.
"It is a huge number of players that have played football for numerous amount of years and don't have any symptoms from concussions and are leading completely healthy, normal lives," Cutler said. "I think as a culture and as fans of football everyone got caught up into the concussion mania and awareness, it's kind of -- I don't want to say blown out of proportion, because it is a significant issue and something that needs to be paid attention to. ... There is a lot of other things I worry about for Cam other than football. I have diabetes, our food situation in America with preservatives and everything else we put into it, that's something I worry about a lot more than him getting concussions playing football.
"So, to answer your question, would I let him play football? Absolutely."
America's most popular sport has been under such fire that Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard even told CBSSports.com that he doesn't think the NFL will be in existence in 30 years because of rules changes designed to make the game safer and the possibility a player might die on the field.