My 13 year old son is a 7th grade middle school football player. He has played football since he was a 3rd grader. He’s always played the same positions and hardly ever sat out. This year is different. He goes to every practice and works hard, makes good grades, etc. They have had 3 games so far and he has played less than a minutes time. Their team has lost all 3 games by 30 points yet there are some kids they never play. Tonight we left the game and as we sat in the car the tears streamed down his face. He said to me “I want to quit.” The pain in his eyes and voice hurt this momma so bad. I want to hold him and take it all away. Tonight there game was already down 24 points down by the 2nd quarter and yet there are still the kids that didn’t get a minute of playtime. Just wanted to vent my frustration. If you haven’t been through this as a mom yet, I hope you never have to because it’s absolutely heart wrenching watching your child pain and not be able to do anything about it.