Nice article. Chris seems like a good guy. I remember being very disappointed
when he went to Duke but I think he made the right decision. I'm glad he is being a stand up guy and representing his religion well.
I have a brother that also chose basketball over a mission and his sentiments
echo Chris' exactly. It is a tough decision for any young man but even
tougher when scholarships and playing are involved. I always point out that I
have never heard a kid say, "I wish I never would have gone on my
mission" but you will always hear regret from those that choose not to
go.Thanks for the article and keep playing as long as you can Chris!
Some people not into sports here using alzheimers for an excuse. People that
don't play sports get alzheimers. Carpenters receive head injuries as
well. Athletes for the most part are healthier than those that don't play
sports are do physically active things. Football is pretty physical but even
there you can do things safely.
I totally support Roger Reid.
@ garybeacChapel Hill, NC"Much can be learned from
sports!" I hear ya there, and believe this article touches on
"life-lessons" learned by Burgess from sports.But with your
reference to "head trauma, Alzehimer's,premature damge to ankles, knees
& hips," you lost me there. How does that apply to the article in the
Much can be learned from sports! Research into the long-term consequences of the
head trauma routinely experienced by athletes is invaluable to the development
of new medications for Alzheimer's patients. And studying the premature and
irreparable damage done to ankles, knees, and hips by competitive sports may
lead to new therapies for osteoarthritis in the elderly. Many people don't
appreciate what an advantage the Church's generous attitude towards caring
for the disabled is for our colleges' athletes. In 1939, the University of
Chicago's President, Robert M. Hutchins, banned college athletics,
including Chicago's national champions football team. He declared,
"Football...[has] no place in the University.... [It was] introduced only to
entertain those who shouldn't be in the University."
Loved this article! Looks like Burgess has matured in many ways over the years.
Good for him. I guess the only question I have is the opening statement:
"Seated on a basement couch.." The writer couldn't have merely
stated "seated on a couch?"