Sports Illustrated writers Greg Bishop and Michael McKnight encountered a wide range of football fans on their tour across America, talking to hundreds of people in more than 30 states.
The full story, which seeks to understand how America really feels about football, is the longest and most comprehensive football piece ever published by Sports Illustrated. The authors also conducted extensive Q&As with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
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In the course of their reporting, Bishop and McKnight surveyed 212 random fans across the country about football. What do they think about head injuries? Would they let their children play football?
Here's what those fans had to say about some of the hottest issues surrounding the sport.