Do You, Like Obama, 'Think Long and Hard' About Football?

Junior Seau's family is suing the NFL and President Obama says that, if he had a son, he would think twice before letting him play football.

The issue of concussions in football is back in the forefront of people’s minds now that:

In an article released on Jan. 27, President Obama told The Republican,

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...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.

after the Boston Globe reported that two Pop Warner coaches were suspended after five players suffered concussions during a game. 

What do you think about concussions in football? Do you agree with President Obama? Do you think the Harvard study will help? What do you personally think about children and/or adults playing the sport? Tell us in the comments.

Postman January 31, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Like hockey, they emphasize "heads up". You don't want to be "face down" when you hit, I get it and I know football coaches preach it. But heres' the problem. Young kids, ages 6-9+ are like bobble-head dolls. Their heads have grown quicker than their bodies at this age and when you add a helmet, they become even more "top heavy". Explain to me what part of the body other than the head comes into contact first? Of course you can tackle at the hips and use your shoulders, but the head is sticking out ahead of all that and usually comes into contact with the other kids first. The best agrument the "pro-tackling" people have is that the kids won't know how to tackle at age 14 if they haven't been all along and that will be more dangerous. How do we know that if we don't try? It's worked for hockey players for many years. Flag football until an appropriate age. I say high school.
Francis P. Ardito,Sr January 31, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Steve, I had several years in youth football. Safety was always a consideration. Before official practice was held all league officials, including coaches, met with league referees to review rules changes and safety issues. The refs stressed that helmets can't be used as battering rams; to avoid head and neck injuries. As the local Pop Warner president, padded helmets were replaced for a padding and air suspension system. The newer helmets created a better, safer fit for the head. One problem we found was that too many kids didn't like to tighten their helmet straps. Loose helmets can lead to concussions. In pro football and college one can see players lose their helmets during play. The pros went to padded, air suspensions and fluid filled. The new helmets weighed about 60 lbs. Too much for youth football and hjghschoolers to bear. Currently, there is a company supplying a new type of football helmet for the pros. This helmet is being supplied to players who have already suffered concussions. The NFL is monitoring this and might make use of the helmet mandatory for the league.
aycaramba February 01, 2013 at 04:04 AM
He wasn't pontificating. He said what he thought. It's a free country and he can say what he thinks. People took enough notice to re-elect him. You're the pontificator, twisting everything to make a political point. The non-political point is that football can be a dangerous game for young people especially. You gotta problem with the President agreeing with that? Thanks, that's really helpful.
aycaramba February 01, 2013 at 04:07 AM
That's right, you really took that ball and ran with it, HollistonGuy. So from now on, in your limited-freedom oldey-timey America, you only get to speak about youth football if you have a son? Yeah, Republicans don't try to restrict our freedoms, they try to crush them altogether. Hack. Hypocrite.
Peg February 02, 2013 at 05:59 PM
My opinion about football at the adult level is this: I saw Wes Welker get head butted twice during the playoffs directly in front of the referee and neither hit was called. The referee should be fined just as the football player should be fined, heavily. Until they get serious about it the dirty players will continue to do it and the refs will continue to let it slide.


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