Dyan Hes is a New York City physician and mother who is refusing to let her son play tackle football, and she told the New York Post about it. Her 12-year-old son, Dean Zilbeman, has played flag football for six years and loves the NFL. He's devastated that she won't allow him to play, but as a pediatrician, she has her reasons:
I see too many patients with concussions. I think I’m extreme. I’m much more cautious than other parents because I’m a doctor and I see what happens.
Dean managed to get hurt during flag football, and he himself acknowledges the risk. He also says that he is not alone, though, and several of his peers will also not be advancing to the tackle league:
A lot of my friends’ parents are making them quit. If you [can] get hurt in flag, I can’t imagine tackle.
The feedback on Hes's decree has mostly been positive; several parents are aware of the concussion risks associated with football and agree with Dr. Hes:
Dean has come to terms with the fact that he won't play football. But he would like to become a sports agent instead:
I still want to be a football agent — the guy who gets them contracts with Rolex. Still doing what I love, but not actually in the NFL.
It's like they say: if you can't beat 'em, and you can't join 'em, sign 'em contracts with Rolex.