As youth football leagues get ready to kick off another season of America’s favorite sport, many lawmakers are lining up behind the players and their parents to help make the game safer.
As of April 23, 2013, 47 states and Washington, D.C., have passed laws protecting student-athletes from returning to play too soon after suffering the effects of a concussion.
Through education and proper medical treatment, the goal is to better understand and recognize concussion and its symptoms in order to help athletes return safely to competition.
Veteran Big Ten football referee and USA Football Rules Editor Bill LeMonnier will receive the National Association of Sports Officials Gold Whistle Award at the organization’s July 30 summit in Grand Rapids, Mich. The award is presented annually to a person or organization for contributions to the officiating industry.
Football is blue-collar America. It’s working class, working together.
In this game – America’s favorite sport – there is no “isolation play” that casts a team aside nor are there intentional walks to avoid an obstacle. In life, like football, the easy route is rarely an option.
Reflecting early America, football’s fields are wide and open, but smart defenders – like challenging terrain – can hinder the most determined advancement attempt.
And great football teams are united, like the states we call home.