I loved football.
I played collegiate football and ran track while also earning a degree in science. Very, very difficult. Football takes an extra toll on the body and to compete even at the college level, many guys take testosterone. I didn't take drugs to compete. I was also the guy that was sent into the action when we were guaranteed to win or guaranteed to lose.
To play college football (a fulltime job) and study for any of the science disciplines (and do great at both) is nearly impossible. It is way too competitive for kids who are supposed to go to a university to learn. College Football is incongruous to learning. Collegiate track was much, much less demanding both academically and on my body. Same for all the other collegiate sports.
I don't watch football anymore. It doesn't move me in the slightest. Most of my college teammates do not either. We had seen too much.
One of my teammates was a marvel athlete. He ran like the wind. Truly amazing. He loved running. He also ran track. It was a terrible night when he was hit in the knee, bending it 45 degrees in reverse. He never ran again.
I could write here about the social problems (or legal) for the guys who take the performance-enhancing drugs and become raging lunatics. I could also write here about the brain injuries which cause manic depression for these guys especially after they stop playing. But that is all another article itself.
It is these examples (I have many more) which I have seen firsthand that chill the thrill. People who enjoy the sport have no idea of the risks, tragedy, and sacrifice that are integral ingredients for a football program. There is a huge sacrifice, more than any other sport, which stories are seldom are told. But for those of us who lived it, football was a costly battlefield. College football programs should be severely restrained or eliminated entirely.