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NFL reacts to Obama comments about football injuries

SAN DIEGO – The violent nature of the NFL is again making headlines leading up to the Super Bowl.  Players and coaches spoke out about the health risks Monday following President Obama’s remarks.

In a recent interview, Obama said if he had a son he’d be hesitant to let him play football.  Some players gearing up for the Super Bowl are echoing those concerns.

49ers and Ravens — and Harbaugh brothers — to face off in Super Bowl XLVII“I have a son.  My whole stance right now — I don’t want him to play football,” said Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard.

But San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh looks at it differently when it comes to his son.

“If President Obama feels that way, then it’ll be a little less competition for Jack Harbaugh when he gets older,” said Harbaugh.

The NFL’s legacy of head injuries includes Junior Seau, whose family is suing the league, claiming repeated hits to the head caused brain damage that played a role in Seau’s suicide.

San Diegan Mike Osley played football through high school and suffered a couple of concussions.

“Saw bright lights, things started spinning around, you hear echoing,” he said.

Osley believes kids who play football should enjoy it and parents shouldn’t worry too much.

“Especially at that little level.  Kids aren’t grown men in the NFL crashing into each other,” said Osley.