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'Friday Night Lights' director says his son won't be playing football

Peter Berg

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Peter Berg, the writer/director/actor/producer behind both the film and television versions of Friday Night Lights, has pulled his own son away from the game that he helped so many fall in love with. And the reason why may resonate with Jason Street fans.

In an essay for Time Magazine, Berg wrote about the dangers with head and neck injuries in football, saying: “Head and neck injuries are what parents thinking about letting their children play tackle football should be thinking about, talking about, and demanding answers about, from any coach presenting himself as a worthy custodian for their child’s introduction to tackle football.”

He continued: “Young boys must be taught to play football without leading with or lowering their heads. Young players must be drilled over and over and over with Heads Up Football skills until that skill set becomes muscle memory and second nature.”

Berg urged parents to make their concerns known before admitting that, after expressing his own concerns to his son’s football coach, he decided to pull his son away from the sport altogether: “Ask coaches often and ask them without fear. If they can’t answer, you must do what I have reluctantly done—pull your son out of tackle football and put a lacrosse stick in his hands.”

Clear eyes and full hearts probably can’t lose in a lacrosse game, either. Read Berg’s full essay here.