Jun 5, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (right) presents President Barack Obama (left) with a football jersey at The White House. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Barack Obama compares football to smoking


There is no hiding the concussion issues that the NFL has to deal with on a regular basis and the league is attempting to make the game safer every year. However, that hasn’t stopped them from receiving criticism, while others believe that the players know what they are getting into and understand the risk of playing football.

For United States president Barack Obama, he falls into the category of those who believe football players “know what they’re doing,” but he also said that he would not want his son, if he had one, playing football.

“At this point, there’s a little bit of caveat emptor,” Obama said, via TheHill.com. “These guys, they know what they’re doing. They know what they’re buying into. It is no longer a secret. It’s sort of the feeling I have about smokers, you know?

I would not let my son play pro football.”

The NFL certainly won’t like those comments from the president, but it is a belief that many parents across the nation have.

Despite the concussion concerns, the popularity of the NFL is at an all-time high and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

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