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Bruce Arians defends football, calls parents 'fools' for not letting kids play

It might not be the word he should have used, but it shows how much he loves the game.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has never been shy about saying what he thinks. He is in the national news for something he said to MMQB in a video interview.

He was defending the game of football and the notion it is very dangerous to play.

"We have this fear of concussion that is real, but not all of those statistics, I think, can prove anything," he said. He said there are more concussions in girl's soccer. "No one says we've got to stop playing soccer."

He also cited there are more knee injuries in soccer than in football.

"This is the greatest game in the world," Arians said. "I think it teaches more values than any other game that you play. You have things that happen in your life that aren't going to be good. If you play football, you know how to handle them. It doesn't necessarily equate in track and other things."

The thing that has some upset is when he said this:

"People that say, 'I won't let my son play [football]' are fools," he said.

He said you can find out with a DNA test is your kid is going to be susceptible to concussions. "They're only $400. Go get one."

He makes some very good points. Football is not the only sport where there are concussions, but it seems to be one only one under attack. More and more people are saying they won;t let their kids play, but because of the sport's popularity, it is still a big deal. Calling parents fools? That probably wasn't the best choice of words, but his point is made. He is saying it is foolish to keep your kid from football because of fear of head injuries. Other sports have the same issues.