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


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#131 Udogg

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:19 PM

My son played football when he was 5 and 6 respectively. Liked playing but decided to play soccer last year. Enjoyed it, led the league in goals. Now all he talks about is wanting to play football again. I don't know if my love for football is pushing him toward it or he honestly loves to play. I played football and understand the benefits and drawbacks. I will only let him play if he is fully committed to it. It's a very tough decision imo.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:27 PM

glad i'm having a girl

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

glad i'm having a girl


Please to reference my cheerleading post above. :lol:

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

glad i'm having a girl

congrats and having a daughter does take some big questions like this off the plate, but it also invites a whole slew of other problems.

you have a son and you pretty much only have to worry about him. you have a daughter and then you have to worry about everyone else's son.

wouldn't trade it, tho.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:46 PM

glad i'm having a girl


Call us when she hits puberty.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:48 PM

glad i'm having a girl


You won't be in about 13 years :lol:

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

my father didn't let me play football as much as I wanted to. And he was a standout QB at his High school. So i played baseball and soccer. Dad never missed a game, til i got a scholarship to play baseball 10 hours away from home. My father said it was a really hard decision for him.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:55 PM

My mom wasn't thrilled with me playing football. My dad didn't care (wasn't interested in sports).

I played from Pee Wee up through high school. Got hurt plenty along the way, though my best friend who played QB had it worse (two knee operations before he was in high school). Saw plenty of friends get hurt, but never anything debilitating. Granted, now that I'm getting up in years, some of the old injuries occasionally like to remind me that they're there :lol:

Do kids get hurt playing sports? Yes, and not just football.

Do kids get hurt not playing sports? Yes, plenty.

Do kids get hurt just being kids? Parents know the answer to that one.

Being that I coach flag football, obviously I'm gonna encourage kids to play. Some of the kids I coach in flag also play tackle, and I tend to give them advice on that too.

Bad things happen. I don't know that you can base your whole life around just trying to avoid them and have it be much of a life.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:03 PM

My mom wasn't thrilled with me playing football. My dad didn't care (wasn't interested in sports).

I played from Pee Wee up through high school. Got hurt plenty along the way, though my best friend who played QB had it worse (two knee operations before he was in high school). Saw plenty of friends get hurt, but never anything debilitating. Granted, now that I'm getting up in years, some of the old injuries occasionally like to remind me that they're there :lol:

Do kids get hurt playing sports? Yes, and not just football.

Do kids get hurt not playing sports? Yes, plenty.

Do kids get hurt just being kids? Parents know the answer to that one.

Being that I coach flag football, obviously I'm gonna encourage kids to play. Some of the kids I coach in flag also play tackle, and I tend to give them advice on that too.

Bad things happen. I don't know that you can base your whole life around just trying to avoid them and have it be much of a life.

I agree bad things happen....kids can't live in a bubble.

However, all activites don't come with the same risks. That is like saying if you cross a country 2 lane road it is the same as crossing I77 in rush hour....one is more dangerous.

also, with the way kids grow up these days and are trained...that also makes a dangerous sport more dangerous. Human body isn't suppose to go through what certain positions put it through IMO.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

Football will not exist.100.years from now with thinking like this..uh oh...



With the guys running DC (party agnostic) current projections says alot of other things wont exist 100 years from now. Football is way down the list of importance.


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