I’ve got to confess: I love watching college and professional football, especially the Super Bowl. The pomp and pageantry of the Super Bowl, the halftime show, the TV commercials and the game itself is, more often than not, something to behold. I’m sure this year will be no different.

In recent years, I’ve struggled to reconcile my enjoyment of pro football with the lifetime of pain and brain injuries (CTE) so many professional players experience after their careers end.

For me, the NFL congers up images of gladiators fighting for their lives. Only, the real battle is something we never see–it’s all behind the scenes after the game and, later, after players have moved on from playing.

I encourage you to read the following New York Times article: For NFL Retirees, Opioids Bring More Pain. This isn’t the only article I’ve read on the lives of NFL players–just one that was published on 2019’s Super Bowl Sunday.

How can I enjoy a pro football game knowing the deleterious consequences so many players face? Sure, some escape unscathed but for those who don’t, life is just horrible. I’m going to pass.

Photo credit: Kyle on Flickr

Thought for the week:

“We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.” ― Robin S. Sharma

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Dave Gardner

Dave Gardner is a management consultant, speaker, author, and blogger based in Silicon Valley. He's been in the front row for the birth and evolution of Silicon Valley, the innovation capital of the world. Since 1992, Dave Gardner focuses on making the complex simple around people, process and technology. Dave is the author of Mass Customization: An Enterprise-Wide Business Strategy - How Build to Order, Assemble to Order, Configure to Order, Make to Order, and Engineer to Order Manufacturers Increase Profits and Better Satisfy Customers.

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