He is not the only one asking that question……

“I wonder in 50 years, will we have football?” USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan mused on Sunday. “We’re going to have it for the next 10, 15, 20, 30, probably. But 50 years? I don’t know,” she told ABC’s “This Week” with Martha Raddatz.

The conversation was spurred by news that the late Hall-of-Famer Frank Gifford, who played football in the 1950s and early 60s, had traumatic brain injury that was diagnosed only after his death in August.

Although he died at age 84 of natural causes — following a long and successful sportscasting career — Gifford has now become the face of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), an ailment linked to concussions.

In a statement released through NBC News last Wednesday, Gifford’s family said he had “experienced firsthand” symptoms associated with CTE, but they did not say what those symptoms were.

On Sunday, Brennan told ABC’s “This Week” that the disclosure about Gifford’s health will raise awareness about CTE in the same way that Rock Hudson and Magic Johnson raised awareness about HIV/AIDS; Betty Ford, about addiction; and Michael J. Foxx, about Parkinson’s Disease.

Raddatz asked Brennen if Gifford’s CTE diagnosis will change anything for the National Football League:

“It’s not just football, though the NFL and football…is a huge piece of it,” Brennan said. She said girl’s and women’s soccer is also “a huge issue.”

“See, it’s a big issue with our youth sports,” Brennan said. “I wonder in 50 years, will we have football? We’re going to have it for the next 10, 15, 20, 30, probably. But 50 years? I don’t know.”

Brennan wondered about “suburban kids.” “Will they choose football or will they go to other sports because moms and dads will say that we’re worried about this for our kids?”

Appearing with Brennan was Chris Nowinski, executive director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation:

Raddatz asked him, “Do you think we should have football in 50 years?”

Although he died at age 84 of natural causes — following a long and successful sportscasting career — Gifford has now become the face of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), an ailment linked to concussions.

In a statement released through NBC News last Wednesday, Gifford’s family said he had “experienced firsthand” symptoms associated with CTE, but they did not say what those symptoms were.

On Sunday, Brennan told ABC’s “This Week” that the disclosure about Gifford’s health will raise awareness about CTE in the same way that Rock Hudson and Magic Johnson raised awareness about HIV/AIDS; Betty Ford, about addiction; and Michael J. Foxx, about Parkinson’s Disease.

Raddatz asked Brennen if Gifford’s CTE diagnosis will change anything for the National Football League:

“It’s not just football, though the NFL and football…is a huge piece of it,” Brennan said. She said girl’s and women’s soccer is also “a huge issue.”

“See, it’s a big issue with our youth sports,” Brennan said. “I wonder in 50 years, will we have football? We’re going to have it for the next 10, 15, 20, 30, probably. But 50 years? I don’t know.”