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THE QUESTION: Do you want your son to be a football hero?

Wife of former Columbia end
I certainly would. My husband's career at Columbia University, plus pro football with the New York Giants and the Detroit Lions, was a stepping stone to better things in business and in friendships later on. Our son is still very young but he's already playing with four footballs and we take him to as many of the big games as we can.

Grimsby, England
I don't see why not. If he wants to play American football or any other dangerous game like English Rugby, I couldn't stand in his way. If that's what he wants I'd encourage him, whether or not he ever does become a hero. Why worry about him getting hurt? He has to stand on his feet sometime, and athletes usually die in bed.

Dickson, Tenn.
Wife of the governor
My boy is already playing football in his grammar school. He plays halfback on the team. After all, sports of all kind mean as much to our boy as anything he comes in contact with. They help to make him a well-rounded boy. He has to stand on his own feet, and the one thing that football does for him is teach him manliness.

Ambassador Hotel
From a mother's point of view, no. The football men who went to college with my husband—Bronko Nagurski, Pug Lund—all either had their teeth knocked out or have other permanent injuries such as trick knees, and the like. Do you think this scares my boy? Not in the least. When the time comes, I'll have nothing to say. I've always known that.

No, but don't ask my husband that question. He'd veto me. I don't want my twins to play football because the game has gotten too rough and dangerous. I'm beginning to worry because they love the game, and they've just started to play. Suppose one of them should break his leg or his neck? That sort of thing has happened in football.

Hollywood, Calif.
Wife of the former Michigan star
I would be disappointed if he didn't follow in his father's footsteps as a player. I say this because of what football does for every boy who plays the game and not because my husband was once a star. Our boy is 6 and he is a Little Leaguer. When I watch him play I can see he is a natural athlete, because he does everything naturally.

Wife of N.Y. Football Giants captain
Although I've often seen a ton of professional football muscle bury my husband after he's caught a pass, I never have gone to a game thinking he may get hurt in it. If my three boys are able to take care of themselves as well as Kyle does, and if they have the same ambition and ability, I'd love to see them star in football.

Wife of the famous sportscaster
Three weeks ago I definitely would have answered no. The roughness and danger of football have always shocked me. But then I sat with my good friend, Martha Cavallon, at the Yale-Princeton game this year and watched her son win the game for Yale. Her boy was the hero. She felt so proud of him that I almost wished he were my son.

Wife of the president of the Football Hall of Fame
I certainly would if he has the ability to be a football hero. But whether he is a hero or not isn't really the important thing. Football is the greatest contact sport in the world. It has done ever so much for our boy. No other sport compares with it in teaching boys very early in their lives lessons of sportsmanship and manliness.

New York Assistant director in N.Y.C. Department of Commerce
Yes. I'd want him to play big-time football because I want him to do everything better than the other boys. Everything he ever attempts to do I want him to do in the big-time manner. If he gets seriously injured playing football—and I hope he isn't—that's the chance he'll have to take to be big-time, but once he gets there he'll be glad he tried.