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Even President Obama is impressed with Dontari Poe

U.S. President Barack Obama greets the referees before the 2011 Army-Navy football game in Landover Reuters

We noted during the Scouting Combine that Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe was both the strongest player on the bench press and shockingly nimble for a man who weighs 346 pounds. It turns out that talk of Poe’s impressive performance reached the Oval Office.

President Barack Obama was the guest on Bill Simmons’ B.S. Report podcast, and he mentioned the Combine, and specifically Poe’s freakish athletic ability. Although Obama didn’t recall Poe’s name off the top of his head, he made a reference to what he had heard about Poe’s shocking combination of impressive size, fast 40-yard dash time and great vertical jump.

“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.”

Obama’s comments came within the context of a question about concussions in football, and he said he doesn’t know the answer to how the game can get safer while bigger, faster and stronger players are involved in increasingly violent collisions. Obama noted that even as the NFL attempts to make the game safer, it’s tough to keep pace with the advances that the athletes themselves are making.

“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.”

And as Poe’s 346-pound frame rumbles down the field in the 40-yard dash, he looks like he’s going in fast forward. It’s not very often that a Scouting Combine performance is good enough for the president to notice.

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42 Responses to “Even President Obama is impressed with Dontari Poe”
  1. sdelmonte says: Mar 1, 2012 11:00 AM

    Why does the president have time to do sports interview shows? (I ask this of every president. I don’t think our elected officials should waste their time with such things.)

  2. gbfanforever says: Mar 1, 2012 11:01 AM

    Great podcast, very entertaining. I know politics and sports get everyone going but there were no politics here. I personally love the guys enthusiasm for sports and that he finds time as POTUS to be involved with his kids teams.

  3. jjackwagon says: Mar 1, 2012 11:01 AM

    “It’s not very often that a Scouting Combine performance is good enough for the president to notice.”

    That’s because it’s not very often that we have a pResident that pays more attention to sports than he does to running the freakin’ country!!!

  4. isujames says: Mar 1, 2012 11:02 AM

    Obama knows talent when he sees it.

  5. joelvis72 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:03 AM

    Next thing you know they’ll televise an in-depth interview with Obama about an hour before the draft.

  6. sedcontra97 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:03 AM

    Lots of time to do podcasts after you are voted out in November, Mr. President.

  7. rcampore says: Mar 1, 2012 11:05 AM

    sdelmonte says: Mar 1, 2012 11:00 AM

    Why does the president have time to do sports interview shows? (I ask this of every president. I don’t think our elected officials should waste their time with such things.)

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    Oh yes, they are not supposed to have any life at all..They should sit in a hole and do nothing else but think about politics. The President like everyone is human and can have some semblance of a life including an interest in sports.

  8. kane337 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:07 AM

    He definitely knows more about sports than being a President.

  9. benh999 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:07 AM

    Totally unfair that Poe has so much athletic talent while others have to get by with less.

  10. nupicasso says: Mar 1, 2012 11:07 AM

    @ sdelmonte
    Just because someone is appointed to office doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a personal life. No ones job should take every minute of their life, not even the president.

  11. woodsidegil says: Mar 1, 2012 11:09 AM

    He should focus more of his time trying to get people working again and less time playing golf and campaigning.

  12. johnelwayismydad says: Mar 1, 2012 11:21 AM

    Yeah, he should wave his magic wand and create a job for everybody. You people are such idiots, it’s not Obama that is killing jobs, it’s the greedy corporations that want dirt cheap labor. The same corporations that the GOP seem to be defending as people. If you really want a job, get a better education!!!

  13. trueski21 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:23 AM

    wow he’s so cool and hip, i bet all the cool kids will vote for him!

  14. daysend564 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:23 AM

    @rcampore: Basically yes. The guy makes $400k a year plus lots of additions. He then makes $191k every year he’s alive. He is 50 now, say he lives to 70.

    He’s going to make $1.6M for his time in presidency.
    He’d make another $3.8M over his lifetime.

    So, for “working” four years, the guy would be in line to make over $5.5M for doing nothing. Yes, he should be more on the side of living in a hole than viewing it as a 9-5 job.

  15. choknugget says: Mar 1, 2012 11:25 AM

    Of course he loves Poe. When Poe signs his first contract, he’s going to tax the heck out of him.

  16. tropboi11 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:30 AM

    He is just admiring someone who is going to be making much more money than he does for doing much less.

  17. CKL says: Mar 1, 2012 11:30 AM

    I remember the days when most of the OL & DL coming out used to have HUGE guts on them. It was only a few years ago! The athleticism of the past few groups’ big men has been insane.

  18. chillyp says: Mar 1, 2012 11:31 AM

    @nupicasso

    Appointed to Office? If my memory serves me well Pres. O spent 2 years actively campaigning for the job, saying he’d spend 150% working on the job, work tirelessly trying to get jobs, etc……(- 95% spent vacations in Hawaii, golf, Every Weds West Wing Parties, etc…)

  19. mumakata says: Mar 1, 2012 12:18 PM

    sedcontra97 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:03 AM

    Lots of time to do podcasts after you are voted out in November, Mr. President.

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    Can you do a podcast from federal prision? Cuz that is where the guy belongs.

  20. olskool711 says: Mar 1, 2012 12:18 PM

    I’m glad this guy doesn’t live where I live.

    If he did, he might hesitate to admit that he spent that much time paying attention to the combine.

    7 vacations and 50 rounds of golf in two years.

    I know, I know. Its all Palin’s fault – or Bush’s, or Rush Limabaugh’s, or…

  21. destructicus says: Mar 1, 2012 12:23 PM

    Potential solution: If the players are getting faster slow down the playing surface.

    A softer field turf would slow down the player, which reduces the impact of the hit, and cushions the impact with the ground.

    It’s also a solution which does not create any competitive advantages for either side of the ball.

    NFL: you’re welcome.

  22. eltex says: Mar 1, 2012 12:46 PM

    Did you guys miss the other articles on Poe this week? He takes ‘lots’ of plays off during games, and that is why he has very few stats to backup his play at NT. He makes Haynesworth look like a hard worker.

  23. uwsptke says: Mar 1, 2012 12:55 PM

    For everyone bashing him for taking time to talk a little sports while in office, how many of you are reading and posting on this site while your boss probably thinks you should be working?

  24. mumakata says: Mar 1, 2012 1:01 PM

    uwsptke says: Mar 1, 2012 12:55 PM

    For everyone bashing him for taking time to talk a little sports while in office, how many of you are reading and posting on this site while your boss probably thinks you should be working?

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    And for everyone bashing him on this site when you should be working, how many of you campaigned for your job all over the nation claiming the oceans would stop rising and the world would heal if you got your job? And how many of you are posting on here while employed with a suspect social security number? And how many of you posting here while you should be working are responsible for managing the executive branch of the US Federal Government?

  25. rc33 says: Mar 1, 2012 1:20 PM

    uwsptke says: Mar 1, 2012 12:55 PM

    For everyone bashing him for taking time to talk a little sports while in office, how many of you are reading and posting on this site while your boss probably thinks you should be working?

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    Beyond absurd.

  26. tommccrossin says: Mar 1, 2012 1:22 PM

    Well it’s nice to see a politician actually have a clue about concussions.

  27. ddoc2 says: Mar 1, 2012 1:27 PM

    Worry about gas prices- mr 0

  28. ziggy26 says: Mar 1, 2012 1:28 PM

    I read this and then realized that I care about a politician’s view on sports about as much as I care about Dontari Poe’s view on politics.

  29. mdpickles says: Mar 1, 2012 1:30 PM

    Obama watches more Sportscenter than you!

  30. amartland says: Mar 1, 2012 1:44 PM

    benh999 says:
    Mar 1, 2012 11:07 AM
    Totally unfair that Poe has so much athletic talent while others have to get by with less.

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    we should cut off one of his legs and give it to Vernon Gholston to help keep him steady. Leveling the playing field!

    Poe, though, would likely still be better

  31. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 1, 2012 1:50 PM

    Looks like freedom of speech has already ended. I was thinking that was more of a second-term priority.

  32. scoob766 says: Mar 1, 2012 2:00 PM

    A lot of unempolyed people here I see. Go cry a river douches, Obamas better then what we could have had and better then any Republican in the primaries.

  33. rmc1995 says: Mar 1, 2012 2:08 PM

    He also brags about beating Chris Paul with a killer cross-over move. Give me a break. The President is difficult to listen to in his “every man” mode. He’s the braggart relative who talks as if he’s an expert on all sports because he played high school basketball. But you have to be polite, listen, and pretend be impessed that he follows headlines and claims he knew about the headline before it was written.

  34. realfootballfan says: Mar 1, 2012 2:35 PM

    President Obama makes you proud to be an American.

    He’s always in touch with regular people out ehre and working hard for us and our future. Easily one of our best Presidents in recent memory.

  35. illiniftw says: Mar 1, 2012 2:46 PM

    Could you imagine Obvama and Gruden in a booth on MNF?

    Gruden: He is one of the best -insert position- in the game right now. Just look how amazing he is when he -insert routine football play-.

    Obama: Yeah, I think the Bears should sign him! Hur hur

  36. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 1, 2012 2:49 PM

    Echoing the wisdom of the legendary guru Mike Mayock, Obama averred that “Big and fast is good, big and slow is bad.”.

  37. east96st says: Mar 1, 2012 2:51 PM

    President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At the same point in his term, George W. Bush had spent 180 days on vacation.

  38. barrywhererufrom says: Mar 1, 2012 5:02 PM

    16 vacations in 3 years

  39. barrywhererufrom says: Mar 1, 2012 6:39 PM

    BO will be put on waivers in Nov..enough of the BO sniffing by the media. Nauseating!

  40. jobiwon22 says: Mar 2, 2012 12:48 AM

    No Obama, he’s absolutely clueless on everything. We need real change before we become Greece

  41. mumakata says: Mar 2, 2012 11:46 AM

    scoob766 says: Mar 1, 2012 2:00 PM

    A lot of unempolyed people here I see. Go cry a river douches, Obamas better then what we could have had and better then any Republican in the primaries.

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    Awwww, somebody didn’t get a gold star on his homework today and is taking it out on the Internetz.

  42. coachsemanko says: Mar 4, 2012 6:23 AM

    Please leave Obama out of the NFL. He already has his hands in everything else known to mankind. The last thing we need is the Government sticking thier nose in the NFL, and ruining that for all of as as well!

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