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>WASHINGTON 鈥?As evidence of the lasting cognitive damage caused by football to developing brains continues to mount Baker Mayfield Browns Jersey , one Maryland lawmaker has decided to take the issue to the statehouse.A new measure being drafted by state Del. Terri Hill, a Democrat, would prohibit the Maryland State Board of Education from approving tackle football programs for children under the age of 14 and require those 14 and up who want to play to take a course explaining the risks associated with concussions and brain injury. It would also include provisions against heading in soccer and checking in lacrosse for kids under the age of 14.The bill is expected to be finalized before Friday, the House deadline to be assured of a hearing.Both New York and Illinois have introduced similar measures in recent weeks. But Hill, whose district covers parts of Baltimore and Howard counties, sees her bill not as an attack on the sport, but rather an effort to inform the public of a mounting health crisis.Related StoriesBad Brains: Inside football’s concussion crisisNFL NewsCould spit be the latest key to diagnosing concussions?Sports鈥淭hey鈥檙e just out and out bans on tackle football up to age 13 or 14 鈥?there really is no education component,鈥?she told WTOP of the New York and Illinois bills. 鈥淭o me, they鈥檙e more reactionary. They鈥檙e not really addressing the issue of subconcussive injury, head injury and concussion.鈥滲efore running for Maryland’s General Assembly in 2014, Hill spent her professional life working in medicine, earning her M.D. from Columbia University and practicing as a plastic surgeon since the early ’90s. She serves on the Health and Government Operations Committee.鈥淚 love having young people participate in sports,鈥?she said. 鈥淚鈥檓 not trying to stop that. I鈥檓 trying to make it as safe for their lives Da'Ron Payne Redskins Jersey , long-term, as possible.鈥滺ill鈥檚 bill will follow on the heels of another measure she recently introduced, HB 552, which would mandate a licensed health care provider or an individual who has completed concussion risk and management training to be on the sideline for every practice and game for youth sports leagues that use any public facilities or those that occur on grounds that receive public money.Furthermore, it requires that this individual be empowered to make the final decision on return to play following a head injury. HB 552 will be heard in Annapolis on Thursday, Feb. 15.While Hill initially thought pushing both bills in the same legislative session might be too ambitious, she realized she couldn鈥檛 pursue one without the other.鈥淔rankly, there鈥檚 an inconsistency in introducing the first bill 鈥?which says, 鈥榃e want you to be aware of these injuries鈥?鈥?and not saying, 鈥榃e really need to think about why we鈥檙e allowing you to be subject to these injuries.鈥欌€漁ne person helping Hill craft the bills and garner support for them is a familiar name among area football fans. Madieu Williams played at Duval High School in Lanham, Maryland, and the University of Maryland before embarking on a nine-year NFL career as a safety that finished back in Washington in 2012.Now a law student at the University of Baltimore, Williams provides a voice of experience with perhaps an unexpected view of the game.鈥淵ou do not have to hit to understand the game of football Youth Russell Bodine Jersey ,鈥?he told WTOP. 鈥淵es, there鈥檚 a physicality to come with it. However, if you don鈥檛 know what you鈥檙e doing or where you鈥檙e going, you don鈥檛 know who you鈥檙e going to hit.鈥漌illiams himself did not play tackle football until his ninth-grade year at Duval, when he was 14 years old, but still enjoyed a long NFL career. With a son of his own, he sees no reason for his son to either, especially given the emerging science that has come out the past few years.鈥淚 will allow my son to play flag, but I will not allow him to play youth tackle football,鈥?he said. 鈥淲hatever football鈥檚 going to teach him, there鈥檚 other sports he can choose to play that can provide that at an early age 鈥?Just because his father played, doesn鈥檛 mean he has to play.鈥漈he news of the Maryland bill comes on the heels of a recent Aspen Institute program held in D.C. titled 鈥淔uture of Football,鈥?which devoted its panel discussions to the question of whether flag football could become the standard for pre-high school play and what effect that might have on the sport at all levels moving forward. The two former players on the panels were Dominique Foxworth Ryan Switzer Jersey Elite , Williams鈥?former teammate at Maryland, and Chris Borland, who made headlines for retiring from the game at age 24.Foxworth echoed Williams鈥?view on how he鈥檚 approaching the game for his own son.鈥淧ersonally, the reward was worth the risk for me,鈥?he told WTOP. 鈥淏ut given the statistics, I don鈥檛 think it鈥檚 necessarily worth the risk for my son.鈥漌illiams actually consulted Borland in helping to craft the bill, which the latter believes is the only way to enact meaningful change within the sport.鈥淭he NFL鈥檚 had a quarter century to deal with this problem and is still suiting up 5-year-olds in body armor,鈥?Borland said. 鈥淟eave it up to good research, then make laws that protect kids. We鈥檝e done more with less information, from car seats to cigarettes and on, so I think it鈥檚 past due.鈥漃ractically, it鈥檚 unclear yet exactly what would happen to existing youth tackle football programs. But flag football programs exist in various forms around the country, and flag is even being promoted as an option by USA Football.Ultimately Authentic Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey , Hill said the intent of both measures is to protect the health of the next generation. She said she鈥檚 been encouraged by the discussions she鈥檚 had, as well as by the reception among her peers.鈥淏oth of these bills are designed for us to show greater appreciation for how fragile the brains of young people are and respecting that in terms of what kinds of activities we allow them to participate in,鈥?she said.鈥淚鈥檓 really not hearing anyone so far that鈥檚 saying we should not do this.鈥? Like WTOP on Facebook and fo
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long has won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for his consistent cooperation with the media.

The Good Guy Award is given to an NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs. The award has been presented annually by the PFWA since 2005.

Long was nominated for his availability to local and national writers on a consistent basis and his offering of thoughtful answers on a variety of topics, both on and off the field.
>WASHINGTON 鈥?As evidence of the lasting cognitive damage caused by football to developing brains continues to mount Baker Mayfield Browns Jersey , one Maryland lawmaker has decided to take the issue to the statehouse.A new measure being drafted by state Del. Terri Hill, a Democrat, would prohibit the Maryland State Board of Education from approving tackle football programs for children under the age of 14 and require those 14 and up who want to play to take a course explaining the risks associated with concussions and brain injury. It would also include provisions against heading in soccer and checking in lacrosse for kids under the age of 14.The bill is expected to be finalized before Friday, the House deadline to be assured of a hearing.Both New York and Illinois have introduced similar measures in recent weeks. But Hill, whose district covers parts of Baltimore and Howard counties, sees her bill not as an attack on the sport, but rather an effort to inform the public of a mounting health crisis.Related StoriesBad Brains: Inside football’s concussion crisisNFL NewsCould spit be the latest key to diagnosing concussions?Sports鈥淭hey鈥檙e just out and out bans on tackle football up to age 13 or 14 鈥?there really is no education component,鈥?she told WTOP of the New York and Illinois bills. 鈥淭o me, they鈥檙e more reactionary. They鈥檙e not really addressing the issue of subconcussive injury, head injury and concussion.鈥滲efore running for Maryland’s General Assembly in 2014, Hill spent her professional life working in medicine, earning her M.D. from Columbia University and practicing as a plastic surgeon since the early ’90s. She serves on the Health and Government Operations Committee.鈥淚 love having young people participate in sports,鈥?she said. 鈥淚鈥檓 not trying to stop that. I鈥檓 trying to make it as safe for their lives Da'Ron Payne Redskins Jersey , long-term, as possible.鈥滺ill鈥檚 bill will follow on the heels of another measure she recently introduced, HB 552, which would mandate a licensed health care provider or an individual who has completed concussion risk and management training to be on the sideline for every practice and game for youth sports leagues that use any public facilities or those that occur on grounds that receive public money.Furthermore, it requires that this individual be empowered to make the final decision on return to play following a head injury. HB 552 will be heard in Annapolis on Thursday, Feb. 15.While Hill initially thought pushing both bills in the same legislative session might be too ambitious, she realized she couldn鈥檛 pursue one without the other.鈥淔rankly, there鈥檚 an inconsistency in introducing the first bill 鈥?which says, 鈥榃e want you to be aware of these injuries鈥?鈥?and not saying, 鈥榃e really need to think about why we鈥檙e allowing you to be subject to these injuries.鈥欌€漁ne person helping Hill craft the bills and garner support for them is a familiar name among area football fans. Madieu Williams played at Duval High School in Lanham, Maryland, and the University of Maryland before embarking on a nine-year NFL career as a safety that finished back in Washington in 2012.Now a law student at the University of Baltimore, Williams provides a voice of experience with perhaps an unexpected view of the game.鈥淵ou do not have to hit to understand the game of football Youth Russell Bodine Jersey ,鈥?he told WTOP. 鈥淵es, there鈥檚 a physicality to come with it. However, if you don鈥檛 know what you鈥檙e doing or where you鈥檙e going, you don鈥檛 know who you鈥檙e going to hit.鈥漌illiams himself did not play tackle football until his ninth-grade year at Duval, when he was 14 years old, but still enjoyed a long NFL career. With a son of his own, he sees no reason for his son to either, especially given the emerging science that has come out the past few years.鈥淚 will allow my son to play flag, but I will not allow him to play youth tackle football,鈥?he said. 鈥淲hatever football鈥檚 going to teach him, there鈥檚 other sports he can choose to play that can provide that at an early age 鈥?Just because his father played, doesn鈥檛 mean he has to play.鈥漈he news of the Maryland bill comes on the heels of a recent Aspen Institute program held in D.C. titled 鈥淔uture of Football,鈥?which devoted its panel discussions to the question of whether flag football could become the standard for pre-high school play and what effect that might have on the sport at all levels moving forward. The two former players on the panels were Dominique Foxworth Ryan Switzer Jersey Elite , Williams鈥?former teammate at Maryland, and Chris Borland, who made headlines for retiring from the game at age 24.Foxworth echoed Williams鈥?view on how he鈥檚 approaching the game for his own son.鈥淧ersonally, the reward was worth the risk for me,鈥?he told WTOP. 鈥淏ut given the statistics, I don鈥檛 think it鈥檚 necessarily worth the risk for my son.鈥漌illiams actually consulted Borland in helping to craft the bill, which the latter believes is the only way to enact meaningful change within the sport.鈥淭he NFL鈥檚 had a quarter century to deal with this problem and is still suiting up 5-year-olds in body armor,鈥?Borland said. 鈥淟eave it up to good research, then make laws that protect kids. We鈥檝e done more with less information, from car seats to cigarettes and on, so I think it鈥檚 past due.鈥漃ractically, it鈥檚 unclear yet exactly what would happen to existing youth tackle football programs. But flag football programs exist in various forms around the country, and flag is even being promoted as an option by USA Football.Ultimately Authentic Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey , Hill said the intent of both measures is to protect the health of the next generation. She said she鈥檚 been encouraged by the discussions she鈥檚 had, as well as by the reception among her peers.鈥淏oth of these bills are designed for us to show greater appreciation for how fragile the brains of young people are and respecting that in terms of what kinds of activities we allow them to participate in,鈥?she said.鈥淚鈥檓 really not hearing anyone so far that鈥檚 saying we should not do this.鈥? Like WTOP on Facebook and fo
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long has won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for his consistent cooperation with the media.

The Good Guy Award is given to an NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs. The award has been presented annually by the PFWA since 2005.

Long was nominated for his availability to local and national writers on a consistent basis and his offering of thoughtful answers on a variety of topics, both on and off the field.

"Whether it was the Eagles defense, the team's underdog status, the unrest in Charlottesville, his philanthropic endeavors, or his involvement in and support of social justice issues, Long's insight and perspective were appreciated during his first year in Philadelphia," said Zach Berman, who covers the Eagles for the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News/philly.

With the Eagles' victory over New England in the Super Bowl in February, Long became one of just four players in NFL history to appear in back-to-back Super Bowls on different teams and win both.

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