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Chester Pitts wants all the best for his son Chester III. He wants Champ, as the 3-year-old is known to his family, to have the advantages that come from growing up with a father who makes a lot of money playing football.

But when it comes to the advantages a lengthy NFL career can provide, Pitts wants his son to enjoy them by proxy. The Texans guard told the House Judiciary Committee he hopes to be the only person in his household who dons a helmet and shoulder pads, and rams his body into other men for a living.

"I don’t want that for my son," Pitts said Monday after testifying at the committee’s hearing on head injuries. "It is too rough a game."

And Pitts played more than seven full seasons in the NFL (112 games) without missing a start. His streak ended this season when he tore a knee ligament.

The most significant head injury Pitts suffered was when he was at San Diego State. Though he couldn’t stop the world from spinning, the team had to hide his helmet to keep him from returning to the game.

Former Rice running back Trevor Cobb, also on the panel for Monday’s hearing at the Prairie View A&M College of Nursing, has stories of spinning worlds.

Cobb believes he had at least six concussions in his days at Dobie High School, Rice and the NFL. He mostly remembers being held out of the next series before being allowed back on the field.

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