Sportscaster Walks

How long is it going to take for football to die?

“In its current state, there are some real dangers: broken limbs, wear and tear,” Cunningham said. “But the real crux of this is that I just don’t think the game is safe for the brain. To me, it’s unacceptable.”

The twilight of football has long been upon us, but there is a very long way to go indeed. What comes after early, protective retirement? Ed Cunningham, an ESPN football analyst who resigned citing ethical concerns over the sport, has two sons, ages 3 and 5. Will they ever be allowed to play? It’s time to start asking.