Andrea Kremer spoke with former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner on NFL Network’s “Total Access” on Friday about safety issues in youth football. Warner talked about the concerns parents have watching their children play football and whether it makes sense to allow young children to play the game. He expressed concerns that kids might not be capable of determining if they suffered a concussion or head injury, and how they might not tell a coach or parent when they’ve been hurt.
Around the League’s Marc Sessler also talked with Warner this week about his stance against his kids playing football because of concussion concerns.
Warner said he’s encouraged by the progress being made in the area of head injuries from the youth arena on up through the NFL. Two of his sons currently play Pop Warner, forcing Warner to balance his love of watching his boys compete with his natural concerns as a father.
“I was encouraged after watching my boys play football this year, with all the precautions taken specifically for head injuries and concussions,” Warner said. “To see a number of boys sitting out and how cautious the medical staffs were as soon as there was any kind of question in regards to a head injury — the boys weren’t allowed to play or go back in until they had been cleared — that was encouraging.”