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Former NFL Player Teaches Young Players About Safety

youth football picWESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Former New England Patriots linebacker Vernon Crawford was in Westfield tonight to teach young players about game safety.

Crawford worked with youth football players at Westfield High School to teach them about “heads-up tackling” to prevent concussions.

It’s not just about teaching the kids Crawford says, it’s equally as important for the parents to know about player safety.

“Not just teaching the kids, but also teaching the parents and the coaches, that everybody is all aware, and that we all are as one.  Everybody is communicating, the parents, how their kids are acting on the field. (If someone) is totally out of character, the coach should notice it, everybody should notice it.  Those are the big parts of the Heads Up Football thing,” explains Crawford.

Crawford is part of the USA’s Football NFL Ambassador Program in which former NFL players mentor youth players to reinforce a culture of safety in football.

The program is being piloted on the high school level this fall in 35 schools spanning 10 states.