The topic of how safe—or unsafe—football is has become a national conversation this year. Just a few days ago, president Barack Obama admitted he would have to think long and hard about whether he’d let a son of his play the sport, a conversation that many American families are having as more and more data becomes available about the long-term health risks of playing the sport.
Those issues become a little more real when they affect people you know—Long Beach knows Marcedes Lewis, who came out of Long Beach Poly before going to UCLA, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he just finished the seventh season of a successful, Pro Bowl career. Lewis hosts his annual football camp each year in Long Beach, welcoming in hundreds of kids to learn fundamentals of the sport, for no money at all.
In the pair of links below, which feature Lewis, King, writer Jim Trotter, fullback Fred McCrary, and doctor Daniel Amen, you’ll see a discussion of some of the finer points of the issue.
CLICK HERE to hear Lewis discuss head trauma as a result of how hard players go in practice.
CLICK HERE to hear the panel answer questions, including Lewis answering the question of whether health risks have made him want to quit.