My oldest son has zero interest, which is good because his motor skills are terrible due to his ASD. My youngest son, however, can't get enough of football. He wants to be a TE. He's tall and beefy, has great hands, but isn't a speed demon, so it would be a good fit.
He played his second year of Pop Warner this year. He's only in 5th grade. I do have concerns about CTE and I've actually discussed it with him a few times. I've made sure he knows that it is not my expectation of him to play football or to try to become dad's proud brag story. That's about all I can do. I am not going to prevent him from doing what he wants to do. We'll continue to have discussions as the kids get bigger, faster, and stronger.
As far as the games, this year was eye opening. The coach of his team was the QB's dad, and the team mom was the QB's mom. Back in September, we played last year's Pop Warner Super Bowl Champions, Berlin (MD), and to say they routed us would be an understatement. It was 34-0 at halftime. Their kids appeared to be a foot taller than ours at every position across the line. When we were on offense, they blew up our line so badly that we were having problems just getting the ball handed off.
Anyway, QB mom and dad were irate that sonny boy was getting the business, so they forfeited the game at halftime. I didn't have a problem with that, just to end that day's humiliation. However, I did have a problem when they held a team meeting the following Tuesday to say we had a choice to forfeit the season or go on without their all-world son. I voted for the latter, but I was in the minority. I thought it was a terrible message to send the kids. It's a developmental league and they all just lost that.
"Hell yes we're going to take your AR-15" - the democrats