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“I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence,” he said.

“In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.”

49ers cornerback Tarell Brown called football “a dangerous sport,” but not one he would dissuade anyone from trying.

“I can understand what President Obama is saying, but at the same time, the league is putting in things (for safety),” Brown said. “It is a physical game if you are passionate about it and are trained the right way.”

But Reed isn’t sure everyone is being trained properly, or cared for adequately.

“I felt like I played the game as safe as possible,” he said. “I even tell the guys that they have to take care of their bodies, take care of themselves. If you take care of that, it will take care of you.”

San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh joked about allowing his son Jack, now 4 months old, to follow in his footsteps; Harbaugh was an NFL quarterback for 14 seasons.

“If President Obama feels that way, then (there will) be a little less competition for Jack Harbaugh when he gets older,” said Harbaugh, whose older brother John coaches the Niners’ opponent, the Baltimore Ravens. “That’s the first thing that jumps into my mind, if other parents are thinking that way.”


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