"There's really no way I can make it about safety," said Scott Hallenbeck, executive director of USA Football. "I don't have any information that otherwise would say this form of football is safer than another form. So it's not at all that we're downplaying it. We sort of learned that's a very, very challenging space. You need a lot of research. It takes a long time."
"That was on our drawing board even before it became part of the Super Bowl legacy project," he said. "We think it's tremendously important for the future of football and more important for the future health and safety of young people."