Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh wrote a powerful article on “Why Football Matters,” that can be found on the Ravens website.
In the article, coach Harbaugh addresses the current attack on the safety of football and explains the values and life lessons that being part of a football team can provide.
Some excerpts from Harbaugh’s piece:
Football is hard. It’s tough. It demands discipline. It teaches obedience. It builds character.
And I believe the most critical place for football is at the youth and high school levels. For 97 percent of football players, the pinnacle of their careers is the high school game. Few players ever go on to the college level. Even less make it to the pros.
For a lot of these kids, it’s not until it’s all said and done, and they look back on it several years later, that they realize the difference the sport made in their lives. They are proud of playing the game. Have you ever met anybody who accomplished playing four years of high school football, and at the end of that run said, ‘Man, I wish I wouldn’t have played’? It doesn’t get said.