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President Obama: ‘If I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.’
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[quote:Angelic_Warrior:MV8yMTIxNDg2XzM1NzkzNDU1X0Q4MjMwODM3] I have a grandson who LOVES football along with many other sports.. plays several positions in the game. He started riding dirt bikes at 3.. racing at 4. He's a state ranked wrestler Loves and has played baseball .. loves to ski.. snowboard .. loves water sports etc. Hunts with a bow as well as a gun .. Bagged his first buck at 9.. goes to deer and bear camp with "the guys" Comes by his athletic abilities naturally as my ex was a very gifted athlete. Ok.. his dad has some minor talent .. hehe He has suffered several concussions at his young age (17) and had to sit out this past season due to a serious car accident he was in last summer. I was SO thankful he couldn't play. He of course was devastated. These guys.. even this young will kill themselves over this game. Oh to have your name called over the loudspeaker. All the girls throw themselves at you. U B the man!! All the other sports and activities he's involved with and he has never had a serious injury (not counting the car accident here) other than with football. Even my ex was relieved he couldn't play this year. That being said.. I doubt this is BO's reason for "throwing" this thought out there. I'm not sure what diabolical scheme they're cooking up now but I'm quite sure it will not be something as innoculous as concern over one's health and welfare. Thank you for providing me this platform to brag about my grandson. I've only scratched the surface He's as nice and good looking as he is gifted :rockon: Ok.. shall I send the check to you Trin? [/quote]
So now the Prez will influence the NFL??
I'm a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football. And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence. In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won't have to examine our consciences quite as much.
I tend to be more worried about college players than NFL players in the sense that the NFL players have a union, they're grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies. You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That's something that I'd like to see the NCAA think about.
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