Safety a concern for young football players: Barack Obama

Obama says he is not as worried about pro football players, because they are adults who know the risks
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First Published: Mon, Feb 04 2013. 10 01 AM IST
US President Barack Obama emphasized that NFL is funding research to learn more about the risks and changing rules to make the game safer. Photo: AFP
US President Barack Obama emphasized that NFL is funding research to learn more about the risks and changing rules to make the game safer. Photo: AFP
Updated: Mon, Feb 04 2013. 10 45 AM IST
Washington: US President Barack Obama says the threat of concussions for football players mean that everything possible should be done to improve their safety—especially players from youth football leagues through college.
He said in an interview on CBS during Sunday’s Super Bowl pre-game show that he’s not as worried about pro football players, because they are adults who know the risks and are well compensated.
Obama, who has two daughters, reiterated his position that, if he had a son, he would have to think about whether he would let him play football. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who also has two daughters, said on CBS television’s “Face the Nation” earlier on Sunday that he would “absolutely” want his own child to play football.
He emphasized that NFL is funding research to learn more about the risks and changing rules to make the game safer. The President, who considers himself a big fan, says the game is likely to evolve and some players and fans may be frustrated. But he’s glad there is extensive research under way to learn more about concussions.
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