President Obama joined the concussion debate last week when he said, "If I had had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football."
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Former, current professional players and coaches share their thoughts
“The game is safer than it has ever been because we’re being proactive with head trauma.”Merril Hoge, former NFL fullback
“I will not go through my life scared, and I don’t want my children to go through life scared. I started playing football when I was eight-years-old, and I would never not want to give that opportunity to my children.”LaVar Arrington, former NFL linebacker
“With the new technology that they have, I think it’s more catered to preventing concussions. I would want my son to play football, but it’s something that’s not in his blood. It’s something that he doesn’t want to do right now and I’m not going to push him. But I think for all the kids out there who play, it’s a drive to make the game a safer game. Nobody wants kids to be hurt. Nobody wants adults to be hurt.”Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback
“It’s such a great game because it teaches you about life and lessons and there’s so much to be gained by participating in football. It’s served us all well and just to continue to have this conversation and continue to talk about it and just do whatever we can to make it safer whether it be through rule change or research.”Matt Birk, Baltimore Ravens center
“There’s no game like football. It’s the type of sport that brings out the best in you, it kind of shows you who you are… I think it’s a huge part of our educational system in this country and it’s going to be around for a long time.”John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens head coach