President Obama on Football
The President was asked by The New Republic about football. He commented on the violence of the game and the fact that he would "have to think long and hard" about it. I say good for him and I totally agree.
I was a pretty good high school football player, and I enjoyed playing. But I had my share of injuries, including stingers where my arm went numb and I played through. I never suffered a concussion, but am sure I played with concussed players. I still have knee, back, and neck issues as a result of playing. Fortunately, I was a starting player who played for a winning team - but most players aren't as fortunate.
As much as I love football, and as much as I enjoyed my high school experience, I don't want my son to play. I won't prevent him from playing high school football if he wants to and he is good enough to make the team, but I am not going to sign him up for youth football and I will actively discourage him from playing. Too much risk in my opinion.