It was very hard for him. He was afraid to tell us. He actually started giving us signs last year that he didn't want to play so much. He told me last year he liked basketball more than football. I just didn't want to believe it because he's so talented. He averaged 3 TD's per game over the last four games of the season last year.
He also told me several times over the summer about kids he knew who were giving up football to concentrate on other sports.
I think what really helped me have peace with it was remembering how I felt earlier in the summer when we had to take him to the hospital for a concussion. It was worst than taking him to the hospital for a broken arm when he was a little kid.