It's been a scary couple of years as we've seen the harshest of effects become unveiled in regards to former NFL players sustaining long-term injuries from their playing days. The repeated collisions of the skull has undoubtedly left incredibly deteriorating effects on football player's brains. Now, with lawsuits and allegations swirling, the NFL has attempted to make the game safer with newer rules and better safety equipment -- both of which have come under scrutiny as well. President Obama expressed his concern over the future of football with The New Republic after these lingering woes have surfaced:
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.
Whether you agree with the president's sentiments or not, this won't likely be the last we'll hear the president speak on the topic. He has an upcoming interview with CBS News' Scott Pelley before the Super Bowl.