In an interview with major Democrat donor and magazine owner Chris Hughes, President Obama said “I’m a big football fan,” but “if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.”
President Obama was referring to the emerging consensus that the injuries, and in particular head injuries, sustained while playing football can have serious health effects. Actual NFL players, however, don’t agree with the President’s characterization of their sport as too dangerous to play.
Though it’s cloaked in rhetoric about the Baltimore Ravens’ Ed Reed’s agreement with the President, the Associated Press reports that other Super Bowl participants are overwhelmingly against the President’s feelings:
49eres All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith was among several San Francisco players who doesn’t see anything wrong with their kids playing football.