NFL defensive tackle prospect, Dontari Poe, impressed President Barack Obama with his outstanding bench press, fast 40-yard dash, and impressive vertical jump.
Obama was the guest on Bill Simmons’ B.S. Report podcast, and mentioned the NFL Combine, specifically Poe’s outstanding display of athleticism.
“They just had the Combine and they were talking about some guy who’s like 340 and runs a 4.8 and has a three-foot vertical,” Obama said. “I don’t know what you do if a guy like that hits you.”
His comments came after he was questioned about concussions in football. Obama believes that this will be a difficult challenge to overcome because the advancement of safety and players are congruent, which allows little space for improvement.
“Part of the problem is just the speed and the size of these guys now,” Obama said. “You watch the old tapes from the 50s and 60s? I mean they look like they’re going in slow motion.” Poe was named to the “10 Strongest Men In College Football” list by Bruce Feldman last season. While playing for the Tigers, Poe split time between nose guard and defensive tackle, starting in 30 games and contributing 98 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. After a stellar Combine performance he will most likely be one of the top DT prospects.