DOVER, N.H. (ABC) — High school without football? Just the thought sparks outrage for many, but there’s a campaign in one town to ban the sport because it’s too dangerous.
High school football – an American institution – as reflected time and again by Hollywood.
So when this mild-mannered school board member at a sparsely attended meeting in Dover, N.H. advanced a radical idea…”We have a moral imperative to at least begin the process of ending this game”…it sparked an instant uproar.
The media got wind and the coverage went national.
The board member in question here is Paul Butler, a retired doctor and former high school football player himself, who says the beloved Dover High School team . the Green Wave, has to go.
“The literature is clear. This is a dangerous game for children to be playing,” says Butler.
ESPN Sports Science says big blows like this one can be equivalent of taking a sledge hammer to the head.
And it’s not just pro football. New studies show that kids who play high school football and even Peewee league football are also exposing themselves to the dangers of head trauma.
Butler adds, “A game that uses the head as a battering ram is not a smart game to allow a youngster to play.”
Butler definitely has his critics, including the school board chairman, the local paper, and check out how Rush Limbaugh describes critics of football.
“Pantywaists who want to try to take the risk out of everything in life,” says Limbaugh.
Butler admits he does not have the votes to ban football right now, but given the mounting evidence, he says his proposal is a first step toward the inevitable.