I’ve made it clear that I’m categorically against kids playing real football during high school, same with hockey. There is a risk for concussions in other sports, but it’s almost an inevitability in these two, and there is a constant slamming of developing brains during helmet-to-helmet, helmet-to-wall and helmet-to-ground contact. Scientists are just now uncovering what level of harm that this sort of contact does to participants of young ages, and they are starting to document resulting protein sludge and CTE.
That said, I understand the other side of it, particularly when it comes to quarterbacks. The Manning family has been helping quarterbacks in their move from high school to college and from college to the pros for a long time now with their Manning Passing Academy.
There are always a few guys who are exceptions to the rule (Ryan Tannehill was a WR in college before his senior season; Cutler was a DB at first in high school; Roethlisberger was only a QB as a senior, a WR before that), but the NFL’s starting quarterbacks are usually guys who not only excel at the Pop Warner and high school level and try to get in a great collegiate situation to improve their draft stock, but they also attend camps like this and Elite 11 to soak in knowledge and to get a good motivational boost from working alongside their peers.
Here’s a video about Manning Passing Academy:
Hit “Like” or the Facebook share button if you would love to have a throwing session with one or both of the Mannings.
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