Almost every day those of us who cover UW football spend time asking about a half-dozen or so injured players, with Isaiah Stanback only being the most recent and the highest profiled.
Amid the steady beat of injured young athletes, I asked Tyrone Willingham if football has become dangerous enough to give him any concerns when he goes into a recruit's home that he can't promise the parents that they'll still have a healthy son four or five years later.
"I have no second thoughts about that because I am aware that we have young people now that skateboard and do all of the X-game events that they do. And in most case those are – as a child that's coming up – unsupervised. And the risk of injury there, I think is far greater than football, where we have collisions but in most of the cases the collisions are controlled."
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I followed up asking if he thinks even 50 percent of those who play four years of college football leave the sport without some lifetime physical reminder of their playing days.
"I can tell you just as an observer of our culture and the public, there are a lot of people who have difficulty walking who have never played sports."