Ravens, Niners Respond to President Obamas ‘NFL Safety’ Concerns!
”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 said. “’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.” – nypost
“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 of NFL players. “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.”
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello responded Sunday: “We have no higher priority than player health and safety at all levels of the game.” – espn
“I have a four-month old, soon to be five-month old son, Jack Harbaugh,’’ the 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday afternoon. “If President Obama feels that way then there will be a little less competition for Jack Harbaugh when he gets older. That’s the first thing that jumps into my mind.” – nypost
“It’s not like we signed up and thought we were going to play tennis,” 49ers All-Pro linebacker Aldon 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.” – espn
“I can understand what President Obama is saying, but at the same time, the league is putting in things (for safety),” 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown said. “It is a physical game if you are passionate about it and are trained the right way.” – espn
“This is something we chose to do,” Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco said. “When you talk about little kids doing it, they are not having the collisions we have in the NFL.” – espn
“I am with Obama,” Ravens’ safety Ed Reed said after learning of the president’s concerns about parents allowing their sons to play football. “I have a son. I am not forcing football on my son. If he wants to play it … I can’t make decisions for him. All I can do is say, ‘Son, I played it so you don’t have to.’ “
Reed, a nine-time Pro Bowler, believes football’s medical system is broken.
“We’ve got some leaks in it that need to be worked out,” Reed said. “Every medical training room should be upgraded; training rooms can be a lot better.
“When you’ve got the president talking about it, you got something.” – espn
“Thirty years from now, I don’t think it will be in existence. I could be wrong. It’s just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going — where [NFL rules makers] want to lighten up, and they’re throwing flags and everything else — there’s going to come a point where fans are going to get fed up with it,” Ravens safety Bernard Pollard told the CBSSports.com recently.
“Guys are getting fined, and they’re talking about, ‘Let’s take away the strike zone’ and ‘Take the pads off’ or ‘Take the helmets off.’ It’s going to be a thing where fans aren’t going to want to watch it anymore.” – espn
The Ravens and Niners have touched down in New Orleans preparing for Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday! As Media Week kicks off, some of the players from both teams dialed in on the President Barack Obama’s concerns for ‘NFL Safety’! Obama addressed the issue in a recent interview for a forthcoming Feb. 11 issue of The New Republic. Obama said that if he had a son he would have to think long and hard before allowing him to play! He said that the game will change in the future to reduce the violence and it may make the game a bit less exciting, and that college football is even more brutal than the NFL w/o unions and anyone to the protect the players themselves! The Niners’ head coach Jim Harbaugh said he would train his four-year old asap, while Ravens’ safety Ed Reed agreed with Obama! Ravens’ hard-hitting safety Bernard Pollard recently told CBSSports.com the NFL will not exist in 30 years with all the regulations! Check out the comments above!