More people in the United States watched the 2012 Super Bowl than any show in the history of the nation: an average of 111.3 million viewers. With that statistic as a guide today's matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens may set new records, especially with the accompanying publicity surrounding singer Beyonce's half time appearance. Even President Obama will be tuning into the big game although his hypothetical remarks about if he had a son whether he would let him play football received a lot of attention this past week. It is clear from the President's remarks that he did not play football but did any U.S. presidents? The answer may surprise you.
President Gerald Ford was offered professional contracts by the Detroit Lions and and the Green Bay Packers, but turned them down to attend law school. In high school he was named to the All City football squad and was voted the most valuable player at the University of Michigan. President Ronald Reagan was admitted to Eureka College on a partial football scholarship and played right guard on the team. President Dwight Eisenhower was the star halfback on the West Point football team until a knee injury in his sophomore year sidelined his football career. President Richard Nixon played second string tackle on the Whittier College team and John F. Kennedy played on the junior varsity squad at Harvard. Apparently one of President Franklin Roosevelt's biggest disappointments was that he failed to make the Harvard football team because he was "too light".
Photos: President Obama at Soliders Field (White House official photographer Pete Souza); President Ford (Ford Presidential Library)