My teenager is playing football this year for the first time. As a native Texan, I am thrilled to watch my firstborn adorn pads and helmet and join the ranks of amazing athletes who have lived and loved this game. As a mom, I'm a little nervous about sending that precious firstborn out into an arena of full-contact aggression. He's excited to play and loves practices so far so I'm nothing but encouraging. I'll be the mom in the stands simultaneously taking long-zoom photos, cheering at the top of my lungs, and praying for both victory and safety for our players. Let the season begin!