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In short, no.
Whilst the chances of injury are high, they’re pretty high for all contact sports and relatively high for non-contact sports like Soccer and Basketball. But with risk, comes reward. I feel football especially is a game of human confrontation and overcoming adversity that allows players (mostly at amateur level) to grow personally, learning about what they can achieve when the put in the effort.
Furthermore, the powers that be (NFL and NCAA) are doing a lot to reduce the risk of injury by adapting the rules, specifically around particular plays that are deemed more dangerous / risky (kickoffs are a big one). There are many players who have had long careers and have been lucky with injuries, just as there are many players who have had careers cut short by injury.
Is it dangerous? Yes, absolutely. There is a strong likelihood of injury… Is it TOO dangerous to play? Absolutely not. I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head who has died on the football field from an injury sustained whilst playing. I could be wrong, but it’s certainly an extremely rare occurrence.
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