President Obama’s recent comments about the dangers of football were apparently a big topic of conversation in New Orleans as players gathered for Super Bowl week.
The Associated Press polled a number of Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco team members about their reaction the president’s recent interview with The New Republic. In that interview, Obama said if he had a son he’d have “to think long and hard” before allowing him to play football.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs told AP that he understands Obama’s feelings and concerns, but that when the time came he would let his own son decide whether or not he wanted to play the game. Suggs’s son is 4 years old.
Suggs said he would not force his son to play the game, which is also what Ravens safety Ed Reed told AP.
The general consensus among players was that if their sons said they wanted to play football when they got older, they would let them play.