Terry Bradshaw: “If I had a son . . . I would not let him play football”
Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw became the latest former NFL player to say he wouldn’t let his son play football.
For Bradshaw, the situation is hypothetical: He doesn’t have a son. But the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback made his opinion clear while appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with his daughter last night.
“If I had a son today . . . I would not let him play football,” Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw told Leno he had six serious concussions during his career (via Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio). Bradshaw also expressed doubts about football’s future.
“There will be a time in the next decade where we will not see football as it is,” he said.
Bradshaw’s harshest comments came about the league’s treatment of former players.
“I have to be careful here because I work for Fox and NFL Network,” Bradshaw said, “but I don’t think (the NFL cares). They’re forced to care now because it’s politically correct to care. Lawsuits make you care. I think the P.R. makes you care.
“But personally, when I got out in 1983, do I think they cared about me? No. And you know what? I don’t expect them to. I don’t need them to worry about me. I take care of myself. But, do they care? They’re forced to care right now because, P.R.-wise, it’s not very favorable to them.”