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From Janis, child's age 12

I need some advice from parents whose sons have played football. My son came home from school today and told me that the football coach for the 7th grade football team wants him to play next school year (he's finishing 6th grade now. He's tall and heavy for his age (over 5'4" and 161 pounds). He's been in swimming, which has helped him control his weight gain (he has a huge appetite). What will the effects of football be? Can anyone tell me if you think he should stay in swimming or play football? Thanks.