NFL, Roger Goodell issues public letter to fans and parents about football safety

NFL, Roger Goodell issues public letter to fans and parents about football safety

Since the NFL and Players Association began negotiations on the the new Collective Bargaining Agreement last season, each party has tried to try matters in the court of public opinion. In that, mass emails from each side have been sent to fans assuring them that they have "their best interests" at heart. Since the Agreement, those have died down significantly. However there is a new matter at hand and its ripple effect stems deep. Safety. And this issue has parents across the United States threatening to pull their kids from youth football to pursue other "safer" ventures.

The residuals from those effects means less interest in the sport of football, therefore less interest in the NFL, therefore, less money. So in an effort seemingly to perform some damage control, Roger Goodell has issued an assurance on the attention that is paid to player safety in all levels of football. The commish, with assistance from usafootball.com, have issued a PR email in "note" format to all interested in listening that football will become a safer, healthier sport and concussions will be dealt with intelligently and delicately.

Well, see for yourself.

To NFL Fans:

Like you, we are ready to get “Back to Football.” And like you, we want to help ensure that young athletes participating in sports this fall are playing safely.

The health and safety of players at all levels of the game is our first priority. Among our most important initiatives is helping athletes and their coaches know the signs and symptoms of concussion; and what to do if they suspect an athlete has a head injury. Through the leadership of our NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee and partnerships with organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are finding new ways to protect players, adapt to scientific discoveries, and promote a culture of safety.

We applaud USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and the expert in player development and coaching education, on the launch this week of its Heads Up Football program, a health and safety resource for parents, coaches and players.

As part of Heads Up Football, you can learn about the importance of properly fitted equipment, prevention and treatment of concussions from the CDC, youth football rules, and the basics of proper “Heads Up Tackling.” To learn more, visitusafootball.com.

We are committed to the safety of young athletes, no matter what sport they play. This off-season, we announced our role in a multi-partner youth football helmet replacement program for underserved communities. The initiative will replace helmets that are 10 years old or older with new helmets at no cost to beneficiary leagues. With our partners in this campaign, including the NFL Players Association, we committed a combined total of approximately $1 million to the program, which will provide thousands of new helmets to youth football players in low-income communities.

With the support of the NFL, youth concussion laws have been passed so far in 39 states and the District of Columbia, protecting young athletes from returning to play too soon. We will continue our advocacy for this law in the remaining states.

To learn more about our health and safety work for athletes of the past, present and future, visit nfl.com/evolution and look out for two televised messages that will debut this season. We join with you in celebrating the return of the game we all love. Here’s to a safe and exciting season.

Roger Goodell

 

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