Football is Great, but a Child Should Really Play Multiple Sports

By Peter Schwartz | Posted 1/24/2019

Playing football is where my kids find their joy.

It’s always the season they look forward to the most and when the season is over, there’s always a bit of sadness.

And while there are plenty of opportunities to play football in the winter or spring, the belief in our household is that when a season is over it’s time to move onto the next sport season.

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Giving our kids the opportunity to experience multiple sports is something that my wife and I feel strongly about. This past weekend the sentiment was echoed on Twitter from two prominent professional athletes.

Here’s the first one…

Courtesy from USA Football








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And then there is this tweet from a man who could be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, New York Jets legend, Kevin Mawae…

Courtesy of USA Football








Over the years, I’ve seen parents and coaches make it a point to say “my kid is going to play baseball all year-round because he’s a baseball player” or “your child should really focus on baseball because you have something there.” 

And believe me, there are parents and coaches in other sports that say the same things, but most people involved in youth sports would say that playing multiple sports is the right path to lead your child down.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the youth football season, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Bradley wrestle next month and to see Jared play little league again this spring.

You might have an idea of what your child’s best sport will be at a young age, but you shouldn’t deprive him or her of the opportunity to try other sports.   

Peter is a sports anchor for the CBS Sports Radio Network, FOX News Headlines 24/7 and WCBS 880 Radio in New York.  His son Bradley is playing middle school football and flag football on Long Island while his younger son Jared plays flag football.   Peter, his wife Sheryl and the boys are busy cheering on the New York Jets when they’re not at a youth football field.