NFL players talk politics, look ahead to election


WASHINGTON (AP) — NFL players are paying attention to politics as Election Day approaches — just not as much as they did four years ago.

Players around league say there's not the same buzz in the locker rooms as in 2008, when Barack Obama was campaigning to become the nation's first African-American president.

Still, there are players who are following the debates, openly supporting one candidate or another and using Twitter and other social media to make their feelings known.

There's also the quadrennial dilemma faced by players who come from working-class backgrounds and now make sizeable incomes.

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Barry Cofield says he's not far removed from being, quote, "in that 47 percent that Romney spoke about." He says he's leaning toward Obama.

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