Verne Merrill knows that football is more than a simple game. It includes life lessons that athletes take with them long after their playing days are over.
Since 1990, Merill has coached youth football in California, teaching players about the importance of teamwork and how to overcome adverse situations.
By adopting Heads Up Football in 2013, the Pacific Youth Football League is able to create a better, safer game for coaches, parents and players.
The Pittsburgh Steelers brought the message of youth football safety directly to moms last week during a pair of events at the team’s training facility.
Concussions can happen in an instant.
Changing the culture around them will take longer.
Members of the Carolina Panthers visited Fort Bragg last week to take part in fun games with the children of military families and engage in some serious discussion with the soldiers on base.
It’s a conversation Panthers center Ryan Kalil hopes is going on across the nation.