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Why Does Anybody Play Football Anymore? by Dave Zirin.

Almost a year ago, NBA all-star LeBron James was asked why he does not allow his young sons to play football, as he did when growing up in Akron, Ohio. LeBron said, “My kids don’t need a way out [of poverty]. They’re all right. I needed a way out when I was a kid. I tried to do whatever it took to get out. That’s my excuse.”

The exchange went viral during an NFL weekend defined by mangled bodies more than anything that could be called a game.


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