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Obama voices concerns for NCAA football players

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Published: Sunday, January 27, 2013

Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2013 21:01

Obama with football

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File

In this April 23, 2012 file photo, President Obama strikes the Heisman pose after he awarded the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team at the White House in Washington.

President Barack Obama expressed fatherly concerns to the New Republic discussing the physical impact football takes on players.

During the interview Obama voiced his uneasiness concerning his role as a father.

"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 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 said.

Politics aside, and gun toting kept in the closet safe, Obama’s woes as a father is nothing short of a blue collar working dad with a fifth grade son strapping shoulder pads on in the fall.

Obama’s effort to narrow the public scope within the violence of football is well, a little late.

“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,” Obama said.

Fatherly, presidential concerns aside, the NCAA’s protection policies for players are minimal with lines of fine print and usually left for the school. As college football continues to expand, so does the need for stricter safeguards for player safety.

“That's something that I'd like to see the NCAA think about,” Obama said. 

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