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Obama takes stance on college and NFL football head-injury dangers

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Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots reacts after a play against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Elsa/Getty Images

This Sunday in New Orleans, the Ravens and 49ers will play in Super Bowl XLVII.  Aside from from fame and glory, one of the perks of winning is a trip to the White House.

President Obama is a big sports fan, routinely weighing in on a variety of sports stories.

In an interview in the New Republic, he tackled head injuries in football saying that if he had a son he'd have to think long and hard before letting him play and that fans may have to accept that the game might have to become less exciting in the interests of player safety.

Yesterday, NFL players like the Ravens Ed Reed agreed with the President:

"I agree with President Obama until they fix the system. The system has got some kinks in it." 

The President went on to say that he was more concerned with NCAA football rather than the NFL, because the pros have union protection and are adults who are well-paid for their risk while the students don't have as much to fall back on.

Will the NCAA heed the Presiden? How much influence can the White House have in the big money business of sports? Here to help us answer those questions is David Jackson, White House correspondent for USAToday and a former sports writer.  

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