Leadership means doing the right thing regardless of what the crowd yells, the booster club proclaims or the accountant recommends. Given the recent incontrovertible evidence of a connection between football and serious brain injury (“Football’s flaws can’t be fixed,” Journal-World, Aug. 6), the Kansas University chancellor and the USD 497 school Superintendent ought to declare their institutions will no longer sponsor football programs and be accessories to this violence.
Informing players that they are risking their health is insufficient. As George Will points out, these injuries may not manifest themselves until later in life, long after the glory days of the gridiron are forgotten. Canceling these football programs will be hard; but if we truly care about students/children, it is the right decision.