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Obama: Would he let a son play football?

President Obama said when asked if he'd let a son play football that he'd 'have to think long and hard.' Obama, a big football fan, said he'd be worried for his son because of the increasingly evident physical toll that football has on its athletes. 

When it comes to Obama's son playing football, the president said he'd have to consider the increasingly visible physical toll the game is taking on its athletes. Here, Obama strikes the Heisman pose after awarding a trophy to the Air Force Academy football team in April.

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President Barack Obama is a big football fan with two daughters, but if he had a son, he says he'd "have to think long and hard" before letting him play because of the physical toll the game takes.

"I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence," Obama tells The New Republic.

"In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won't have to examine our consciences quite as much."

Tom Brady Sr., father of the New Englad Patriots' star quarterback, would agree with Obama. In 2012, he said that he'd be "very hesitant" to let his son play football if he was to make the decision now, the Christian Science Monitor reported


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