Concussion PSA compares youth football dangers to smoking

BOSTON (AP) — Everybody seems to be having fun when the kids in a new public service announcement are just playing football, until one boy is thrown to the ground and the background music turns ominous. Then, the coach starts handing out cigarettes. “Tackle football is like smoking,” a youthful voice-over says as a smiling, […]

Prep sports participation drops, led by decline in football

Led by a decline in football for the fifth straight year, participation in U.S. high school sports dropped in 2018-19 for the first time in 30 years, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations. The 2018-19 total of 7,937,491 participants was a decline of 43,395 from the […]

On Football: Offbeat Awards for the 2019 season

The Associated Press will hand out its individual NFL awards on the night before the Super Bowl in Miami. Until then, here are some off-the-beaten track honors to consider. BEST GAME: Week 10, the best Monday night game in years sawSeattle beat San Francisco 27-24 in overtime in a key NFC West matchup. This one […]

On Football: Sharks are circling around Patriots

It might be freezing in New England. That won’t stop the sharks from circling around Foxborough. Criticism of the Patriots is more fair right now than usual. They have lost two in a row, not looking like a championship team in either defeat. For sure, at 42 Tom Brady has taken a step backward, which […]

College football leads ESPN to week of television supremacy

NEW YORK (AP) — With a feast of football, ESPN outpaced all of the broadcasters to be the most-watched network on television during holiday week. The showcase was ESPN’s college football championship semi-finals, which together averaged 19.3 million viewers and outpaced last year’s games by 6%, the Nielsen company said. Credit goes primarily to the […]

Clemson football flagged for 8 secondary NCAA violations

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson’s national championship football program was flagged for eight secondary NCAA violations during a yearlong period from July 2018 through this past June. The school’s athletic department released a summary of the infractions Wednesday. None of the violations were considered major and all issues about the penalties have been resolved, according […]

Football-making town sets record for most thrown at once

ADA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio town long associated with the manufacturing of footballs has set a Guinness World Record for the most thrown at the same time. The organization certified the record after the attempt was made Oct. 25 by 950 people simultaneously throwing a football on the Ada War Memorial Stadium football field, […]

Hidden History: The brutal tackle that changed the face of football

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The journey that changed the face of football forever started with one player from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Johnny Bright’s courage, determination, and perseverance on the gridiron led to monumental changes in equipment and rules. From Central High School phenom all the way to the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame, […]

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