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Obama: "If I had a son, I wouldnt let him play football"

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I've had 3 concussions, one that resulted in me being knocked out cold for 5 minutes (from what the trainers told me) and that caused me to develop a slight speech impediment (slight slurring and stuttering that wasn't there prior to the concussion). All from football. The last one came despite having what was then (2006) a top of the line "concussion" helmet.

I will never tell my kid they can't play anything. I will try to convince them to play baseball or basketball...or really, anything else. Sure, injuries happen, but nothing is scarier than waking up on the field, not knowing where you are, and then seeing your mom, girlfriend, and friends in tears because they thought you broke your neck and died on the field. And that is more likely in football than any other sport.

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Football builds character. My son is gonna play it (if he wants too, which in my blood he probably will). You all enjoy teaching your sons tennis, volleyball and golf.

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Football builds character. My son is gonna play it (if he wants too, which in my blood he probably will). You all enjoy teaching your sons tennis, volleyball and golf.

I completely agree with you. It does build character. In my opinion, there is no sports brotherhood like that of a football team. None. Nothing compares in sports to a football team in terms of camaraderie. My issue is just brain injuries. Seeing how I have long-lasting issues from my concussions (although, very minor in the grand scheme of things), I know how real those issues are. If they want to play, I'm not going to disallow it, but it won't be the first sport I sign them up for at 5 or 6 years old.

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I completely agree with you. It does build character. In my opinion, there is no sports brotherhood like that of a football team. None. Nothing compares in sports to a football team in terms of camaraderie. My issue is just brain injuries. Seeing how I have long-lasting issues from my concussions (although, very minor in the grand scheme of things), I know how real those issues are. If they want to play, I'm not going to disallow it, but it won't be the first sport I sign them up for at 5 or 6 years old.

Touche'. I have had my fair share of concussions and yes they suck. But honestly with this whole defensless player bs, there won't even be any big hits anymore. LMAO.

But for real. Don't know what's up with everyone on here who supports a team of a sport that has been the greatest sport of all time for many years are all uptight about their kids playing it. Hypocrites is what I see. YOLO?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjTQV6CjAPE

After seeing those baseball throw pictures.. This comes to mind....

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Steve Smith has his kid in Soccer.

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As a photographer I have spent a lot of time photographing youth playing sports. I have to say that if I had a kid I wouldn't want him anywhere near the basketball team or football team unless he was a place kicker or punter (career longevity). There are so many kids in athletics, especially young ladies that participate in sports, and go on to maintain high academic standards while still playing sports. Most of the kids that I have seen playing basketball and football, black, white, yellow, and red, seem not to be the brightest individuals. Many have poor academic habits, skip class, or for whatever reason are given passes by coaches and teachers, to be less academically rigorous.

Honestly, I am a slow, short, fat man, most likely I will never produce a child who excels in sports, unless I marry Serena Williams, (fingers crossed). So I will be pushing sports that hold my (future) kid to a higher academic standard. Golf and tennis for example. Most of the kids I have met on those teams maintain a 3.0 or higher gpa. I have seen many of those kids go on to college and maintain those same academic standards and graduate. Many of the kids that I have seen play football on a high level, have dropped out, been arrested for drugs, quit school, or disappeared into the community college athletic landscape, never to be heard from again.

I love football, I played it in high school, I shoot high school and college football, but many times I am sad listening to a kid give an interview after a game, because he can barely complete a sentence in english. He already has a child or two at home to support. Its one thing to expose my kids to brain trauma, if my family is needy; but if I was the President, that kid has better options available.

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Ron Paul can throw a 85 mph slider. His heater is rumored to be triple digits.

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