Here's what Ditka told the Chicago Tribune, according to Steve DelVecchio:
In a recent feature from Jared S. Hopkins of the Chicago Tribune, Ditka discusses the passing of Bears legend and friend Mike Pyle, who suffered from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). When asked if he thinks parents should let their young children play football, Ditka gave a response that would not please NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
"People ask me the question. I would never discourage my son from playing football or baseball or anything else, but I would probably say, 'Hey, listen, you ought to try golf,'" he said. "Seriously. And I think that's what’s going to happen to a degree. And that’s just the way it's going to be."DelVecchio also wrote that "comments like that hold a lot of weight coming from [Ditka]."
Like a lot of people, I grew up watching football and still enjoy it. But I never played the game in high school; I was a basketball player. It was the right choice for me, and, besides, my mom would not have allowed me on the gridiron. That I know with certainty. Same for my older brother.
Of course, I also played golf. The only injury I suffered was psychological. Ha ha.
Football will continue, but I appreciate Ditka's comments and support of golf.