President Obama’s Stance on Football is No Surprise

By David Miller
President Obama
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As we approach the Super Bowl, literally every single company and product that can afford to get their message out is forking over the money to do so. Whether it’s the all-powerful Anheuser-Busch Co., Chrysler or anyone in between, they all want their voice to be heard on the biggest stage of them all.

That’s fine with me. Hey, I get it. When else do you get a chance to advertise to almost every single person in the world that has the availability of a television set? Still, I wish some messages were left unsaid. That’s my take on President Barack Obama’s thoughts on football recently.

Is there any other reason to say something controversial about football injuries now? In case you haven’t seen it, President Obama basically said that he is a football fan but probably wouldn’t let his son play the sport. We are still a week away from the big game but don’t tell me you can’t already hear the announcers doing a five minute spin on the seriousness of football injuries. Hey, don’t get me wrong, football is a dangerous sport. I understand that perfectly well.

Bad things happen on the gridiron both during games and after careers are over. I don’t mean to oversimplify it but some people choose to go outside in a storm and some people are scared to death of them. That is what freedom of choice is about though. Don’t think for a minute that all of our football heroes didn’t understand that the game was a tough one when they signed up for it. I personally don’t think I could take that kind of a beating so I don’t play.

Let me clarify that I’m not saying I am against safety precautions in football. Assistance given to current and veteran players who have game related injuries makes perfect sense, and that’s fine if the NCAA and NFL want to do those things. But don’t make wholesale changes to the game just because one man, however important his position, says so. And please for the goodness sake, don’t legislate people’s ability to choose to play a game they love.

President Obama has the right not to let his children play football as long as they are in his care. I’ve got no problem with that. As far as telling the rest of us football fans that football is probably going to change and we’ll just have to get used to it? Let me just say that, in light of recent events in D.C., I’m not surprised by that at all.

David is a columnist for RantSports. Find him here on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant

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