Look who was playing catch: Troy Aikman throwing passes at a United Way charity event to a future Cowboy?
“He’s nice and he’s very humble,” says Pipper Hartzler, one of Aikman’s receivers
Not so nice— all the publicity lately about concussions and football. Just last week a judge un-capped a $765 million dollar settlement. That means more ex-players may get more money some day.
Despite a long history of concussions, Aikman looks like one of the lucky ones. The game’s been good to him.
“I’ve been fortunate that I haven’t had anything to suggest that I’ve had any issues from any of the head injuries that I’ve had. I’ve been been tested a number of times,” he says.
“There’s a number of players that obviously that has been well reported and documented that their struggling and you know hopefully were able to make this game safer than what it’s been.”
A safer game is what a lot of parents are thinking about these days.
President Obama said he wouldn’t let his son’s play football if he had any. And did you hear what Brett Favre is now saying about his “hypothetical” son?
“For two reasons I don’t know if I would let him play,” Favre told a Mississippi TV station. “The pressure to live up to what your dad has done, but more importantly the damage that is done by playing.”
It’s amazing that a living legend is talking like this, maybe because he knows what it’s like to live with the headaches and memory loss.
Aikman has legend status—but he also doesn’t have a son.
“I wouldn’t discourage them if that’s what they wanted to do,” he says.
We used to think football retirement was filled with golf-outings and appearances—but now—it seems everyone wants to know where a players’ head is.