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Brett Favre, Bob Costas say they wouldn't want sons playing youth football
By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas -- Legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre and broadcaster Bob Costas have both gone on record by saying if they had sons, they wouldn't want them playing youth football because of the risk that comes with concussions.
But do local youth football parents feel the same?
"I wouldn't force it if it's not something they want to do, but let them try it, and if they don't like it, then hey, it's not their sport," said Teresa Martinez.
Martinez's son plays for the youth football team Northeast Cowboys.
"The first year is always rough, especially the hitting, the tackling, it's scary for them, but if they keep practicing, they'll get it," Martinez said.
"We emphasize the fundamentals of football, keeping their head up, putting their head on the ball, tackling, and not putting their head down," said Harold Soto, head coach of the Northeast Cowboys. "Once they tell us they have a headache or something, we pull them off and that's it, they're done until we get clearance from a doctor."
"Make sure that your coaches are abiding by the rules, if your child is supposed to sit out, I know we want to watch them play, but sitting them out preserves them for the future," said Paula Powell, sports director for El Paso Parks and Recreation.
Martinez told KFOX14 kids can get hurt in almost any sport they play.
"In soccer you can get hit in the face, baseball you can get hit anytime, so in any sport, other than maybe golf, you can get injured," Martinez said.