Would you let your child football? When you think about the risks that go along with the sport, like possible concussions, long-term injuries, so on and so forth, the answer isn't so easy. While talking with the New Republic about that same issue, President Barack Obama weighed in:

“I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you, if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football,” President Barack Obama tells The New Republic.

Interesting. We're pretty sure he isn't alone in this sentiment and while on the topic of football, Obama also stressed his concern over the safety of players in the NCAA, compared to those playing in the NFL.

“The NFL players have a union, they’re grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies,” Obama said. “You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That’s something that I’d like to see the NCAA think about.”

If anything, why not try competing in Barack's favorite sport, basketball? And honestly, who doesn't love basketball?     

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[via The Big Lead]