President Obama was referring to the emerging consensus that the injuries, and in particular head injuries, sustained while playing football can have serious health effects. Actual NFL players, however, don't agree with the President's characterization of their sport as too dangerous to play.
Though it's cloaked in rhetoric about the Baltimore Ravens' Ed Reed's agreement with the President, the Associated Press reports that other Super Bowl participants are overwhelmingly against the President's feelings:
49eres All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith was among several San Francisco players who doesn't see anything wrong with their kids playing football.San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says he's happy President Obama wouldn't allow a child of his to play football. "There will be a little less competition for [son] Jack Harbaugh when he gets older," the coach said.
"It's not like we signed up and thought we were going to play tennis," Smith said. "It's a physical game. Everybody plays hard. And guys get hit sometimes. That's what we all know coming into the game. We all signed up for it.
"We came out to play football."
Guard Alex Boone was adamant that football has to be "physical," while adding he believed the league and the players association were attempting to make the game safer.