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Aikman worries NFL concussion policy harms football's future

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Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Troy Aikman says he didn't retire from the game because of concussions, like many believed, and worries the NFL's new concussion policy will put the future of football in jeopardy.

In an exclusive FOX 4 interview, Aikman reveals the real reason behind his retirement.

"A lot of people believe that I retired from the game of football because of concussions - that is not accurate," Aikman said. "I really retired primarily because of a degenerative back condition that I had."

The legendary quarterback admits concussions benched him from many games.

University of Houston quarterback David Piland just retired from football, at just 21-years-old.

The former Southlake Carroll Dragon and SMU transfer suffered a concussion one month ago and one last year, so team doctors told him he couldn't play.

The NFL set new standards on helmet-to-helmet hits, playing time in pads and treating concussions. Colleges and high schools have done the same.

But Aikman thinks parents constantly hearing a history of the 'tough it out' mentality may keep many future players sidelined from the sport.

"There's a lot of moms out there, there's a lot of dads out there with young boys and they're trying to determine whether or not their sons should play football," Aikman said. "With this information a number of them are going to chose not to let them participate."

exclusively tells FOX 4 why the NFL's new concussion policy has him concerned with the future of football.

Aikman worries parents will pick other sports for their sons

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