Injuries and concussions have been a side effect of football for decades.
Now, schools and parents are focusing more on safety.
As concern expressed by the White House as well.
“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 Obama said in a recent interview.
This statement has split the NFL community, with critics like 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh on one side.
“Well, I have a four month old, soon to be five month old son, Jack Harbaugh. And if President Obama feels that way, then there will be a little less competition for Jack Harbaugh when he gets older,” Harbaugh said.
And legendary 49ers players like Dan Bunz on the other.
“Obama’s comment is fitting because if I had a son, I don’t know if i’d let him play,” the former linebacker said.
Bunz would also like to see the NFL step up and address injuries already inflicted on past players.
“The head injury is a big problem and the NFL needs to address the retired players and do something to set a baseline and take care of them and not just throw them to the wayside,” Bunz said.
James Myers filed this report.