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Former all-SEC punter Andy Smith understands trying to balance playing football with safety for everyone

Andy Smith with his son Jackson.

By LARRY VAUGHT

As coaches and athletes comprehend the chance to start really getting ready for high school football season, parents also have to think about what is best for the safety of players.

Former UK all-SEC punter Andy Smith has a son, Jackson, who is a junior at Boyle County High School. He’s the top rated kicker in the 2022 recruiting class who just recently got a scholarship offer from Kentucky. He’s also a receiver and linebacker.

“It is unfortunate in a pandemic that there are more important things than football,” said Andy Smith. “If they don’t play this fall, at least now he has got a (Division I/SEC scholarship) offer.”

Andy Smith wavers almost daily on his feelings for football this fall.

“You can read things and a lot are slanted and political,” Andy Smith said. “I obviously don’t know the right answer on what to do.

“You are going to have kids who will test positive. Can you just figure out how to deal with that? It is such an unknown on how this affects people. It’s pretty clear nobody really knows a lot about it.

“Selfishly for the kids’ sake, I want them to play. But even just going back to school is such a mental thing, especially for younger kids who have already missed school during quarantine.

“But on the other hand I do not want to have the risk of something awful happening to kid or have a kid carry it home to more vulnerable people. It’s a tough spot for the KHSAA to make the determination.”

Andy Smith says he would sign a waiver to let his son play knowing there is a risk.

“I get this is more serious than a flu season. It is going to be around. We have to find a way to deal with it and protect the vulnerable,” Andy Smith said. “It is frustrating but there is so much more to this than sports. I also know it is kids only time in high school. It’s just a bad situation with no good answers.”

2 comments

  1. I say shut the sports down if they need to. Like the NFL, the NBA, College and High School, the world want end. That said, people need to work in order to provide for their families. So, open up the economy. Again, if people can riot, tear up stuff, tear down statues of American heroes, and attack home owners in Saint Louis who were having to protect their property because the police couldn’t come to help, then I say the U S economy should be allowed to roar back as well. Those idiots in Baltimore that threw Christopher Columbus in the river didn’t wash hands, didn’t social distance, and many never wore a mask. Not nary a word from the mainstream media either. It’s crazy!!! How much of the virus did they spread? Something is going wrong in America with this nonsense called “peaceful protest.” Yeah right. Thank God for Mount the scene from Rushmore Friday night.

  2. Pup, you are 100% correct!!! Enough is enough. Funny the Liberal media doesn’t speak about any of this.

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