Obama: Tough call on letting a son play football


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WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is a big football fan with two daughters, but if he had a son, he says he'd 'have to think long and hard' before letting him play because of the physical toll the game takes.

'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,' Obama tells The New Republic.

'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.'

In an interview in the magazine's Feb. 11 issue, Obama said he worries more about college players than he does about those in the NFL.

'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,' Obama said. '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.'

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello responded Sunday, 'We have no higher priority than player health and safety at all levels of the game.'

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