Gladwell happens to be a fan of football.
This former player turned touchy feely intellectual (although I don't often feel that way) actually thinks he may have a very good point. I heard another interview with Gladwell and he thinks the game will change dramatically and he could be correct. I love the game the way it is, but taking a long view of history, football is still in its infancy. As technology and information grows and society changes, for better or worse in each individual's viewpoint, is it hard to fathom that the game will be forced to change? There are limits to helmet techonology and the players have gotten bigger, faster and stronger in the last two decades. How many mothers (and maybe fathers) will want their kids to play at a young age if information continues to illustrate brain damage to players in its current form. Having had mulitple concussions in football (along with torn cartilage and a dislocated shoulder), I don't doubt the results that are coming to light. It's just very hard for me to differentiate between college alcohol consumption and football related damage sometimes.
For the record, I hate the way QB's in the NFL are protected (especially Brady), loved Peterson's mauling of Gay on Sunday and everything about the hitting, but also think the fields (in multiple sports) should be expanded to account for the increased size and speed of the players.