President Barack Obama said recently that if he had a son, he would have to think "long and hard" before letting him play football.
And now that the President has weighed in on a topic that has long been on the mind of fans across the country, it seems more and more people are voicing their opinions. Jim Harbaugh, along with many members of the San Francisco 49ers, respectfully disagreed with the President.
While the consensus among NFL players may be that they'd let their sons play the sport they love, one NFL baby who may not see the gridiron is Camden Cutler.
Kristin Cavallari, a former reality TV star and the wife of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, recently told DNAinfo.com that she would prefer her son not play football.
"I will try to steer Cam in a different direction, maybe a sport that isn't so aggressive," Cavallari said. "Maybe baseball -- something where he doesn't have to get hit."
Cutler was also posed a similar question last fall on ESPN Radio in Chicago, and he gave a more nuanced answer.
"It is a huge number of players that have played football for numerous amount of years and don't have any symptoms from concussions and are leading completely healthy, normal lives," Cutler said. "I think as a culture and as fans of football everyone got caught up into the concussion mania and awareness, it's kind of -- I don't want to say blown out of proportion, because it is a significant issue and something that needs to be paid attention to. ... There is a lot of other things I worry about for Cam other than football. I have diabetes, our food situation in America with preservatives and everything else we put into it, that's something I worry about a lot more than him getting concussions playing football.
"So, to answer your question, would I let him play football? Absolutely."
The bottom line in the Cutler-Cavallari household seems to be that if Camden wants to play football, despite his mother's best wishes, he'll play.
"At the end of the day, I think if he wants to play football, I don't know if I'm gonna have too much control over it," Cavallari said. "You know, how can your dad be a football player and you tell them that they can't do it?"
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