[quote="PhilipCal, post:6, topic:214648"]
Wow!! If football is a sin, Notre Dame is going to have to dump a 100+ year tradition. Catholic schools nationwide are going to have scrap their programs. No, seriously, you have to view the question in it's perspective.
If "possible" shortened life expectancy is the problem, then based on the football analogy, we'd have to no longer have the Armed Forces. Law Enforcement and Firefighting would have to go. How about the guy who works on power lines, in a coal mine, on a railroad? The list goes on.
Yes, our bodies are "Temples of the Holy Spirit" and we are obligated to care for them in a manner keeping with that status. That does not mean the elimination of any and all risks that could compromise or endanger one's health/life expectancy.
OTH, drinking, eating to excess, smoking, could be sinful as they have been proven to shorten or compromise life expectancy.
I understand your point, but football is a sport, a game. Law enforcement, the military, fire fighting, these are all jobs. Risky ones at that. More than that, they are necessary for the good of society. We cannot say the about football.
If the risk of death in a sport was as great as for a fire jumper or something, I would have a problem with that. People shouldn't be risking life and limb to play a game.
By the way, this is why I strongly dislike movies like "Remember the Titans." It had a pretty good message about racism, but I couldn't stand the glorification of the sport. Football players can never be heroes in my eyes. They are playing a game, real heroes are those who risk their lives, their reputations, or their jobs, for a greater good. The moral difference between team A or team B winning the super bowl is nil.
[quote="Luigi_Daniele, post:7, topic:214648"]
I don't think that football is the cause of that. The players weigh upwards of 300lbs. People that weigh 300lbs just don't live as long as average-sized people.
That's only partly true. The primary reason for the lower life expectancy is the type and severity of injuries that can result from smashing 300lbs of muscle into another 300lbs of muscle. Injuries to the knees, the extreme levels of stress put ont he heart as a result of a ton of muscle combined with a lot of running, injuries to the ribs, chest, head, all these can contribute to a lower life expectancy.