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“I wanted to hear a little bit more about safety as my children are going into tackle football as opposed to flag,” she said. “I didn’t know what they would teach us tonight, but this has exceeded my expectations.”
The purpose was to educate mothers on concussion symptoms, proper tackling techniques and correct fitting of helmets and pads as the NFL seeks to keep the sport growing amid lawsuits brought by former players during the last few years.
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On the field, Falcons safety William Moore and former Falcons cornerback Bobby Butler were among 16 current and former players who showed moms how youngsters should lead with their shoulder pads instead of their heads when tackling.
Tuesday’s event was part of USA Football’s youth player safety program and one of many workshops held nationwide for its Heads Up Football initiative.
“I know it’s making a difference,” Curry said. “We’re informing kids, parents and coaches to give them a different perspective to make better decisions. There’s a lot of fear out there because a lot of people don’t know the accurate information.
Moore, who accumulated over $75,000 in fines for illegal hits last year, said the best way to change the sport is to teach kids early not to lead with their heads when tackling.
“The league is doing the right thing,” he said. “Some of us who grew up playing the game were taught a certain way to hit, and the NFL is right to change the culture.”
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