Heads Up Football Advisory Committee Meets for First Time on Thursday, May 30, at NFL Headquarters in New York City

WHAT:      Heads Up Football Advisory Committee meeting

WHO:        ROGER GOODELL, NFL Commissioner

                   SCOTT HALLENBECK, USA Football Executive Director

Members of the Advisory Committee representing youth football, retired NFL players, educators and medical professionals:

  • LAVAR ARRINGTON, Former NFL player
  • BILL COWHER, Former NFL player and head coach, CBS Sports football analyst
  • CHRISTINE GOLIC, Mother of two football players, wife of former NFL player
  • CATHERINE GRAVES, Team Mom, Severna Park (Maryland) Green Hornets Football
  • MERRIL HOGE, Former NFL player; former youth coach; ESPN football analyst
  • LEROY HOLLINS, Youth football commissioner, Louisiana Youth Football League
  • CHUCK KYLE, Head football coach, Cleveland St. Ignatius High School
  • Dr. ELIZABETH  PIEROTH, Neuropsychologist, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Chicago
  • LIZ RAEBURN, Teacher and wife of college football head coach
  • BARRY SANDERS, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Detroit Lions
  • DEION SANDERS, Pro Football Hall of Famer; NFL Network analyst
  • MICHAEL STRAHAN, Former NFL player; co-host “Live with Kelly and Michael”
  • OTHA THORNTON, President-elect, National Parent Teacher Association
  • ERIN ZAMMETT RUDDY, Magazine writer and blogger

Full list of Heads Up Football Advisory Committee members below.

WHERE:           NFL Office, 345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154

WHEN:             Media availability from 2:30 to 3 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 30

Members of the Heads Up Football Advisory Committee will gather with representatives from USA Football and the NFL for the first time Thursday, May 30, at the NFL office in New York. The committee – which currently includes 22 men and women representing youth football experts, retired NFL players, educators and medical professionals – will advance Heads Up Football’s mission to promote player safety.

During the meeting, Advisory Committee members will discuss the ways different members of the football community – parents, coaches, commissioners, current and former NFL players and coaches, medical professionals, and others – can advance player health and safety in youth football. They will provide feedback on the Heads Up FootballSM initiative and discuss how to extend the program to all 10,000 youth tackle football leagues across the country. They also will discuss best practices for communicating to parents and players the importance of coaching certification, proper equipment fitting and using the appropriate techniques to take the head out of the game.

With a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise, committee members will help guide the further development of USA Football’s Heads Up Football program.

Heads Up Football is a new, comprehensive youth football membership program developed by USA Football and supported by the NFL to further strengthen youth player safety. More than 1,800 youth football leagues across the United States representing more than 375,000 players and 54,000 coaches have committed to the health and safety of their young players by adopting Heads Up Football in 2013.

Other Heads Up Football Advisory Committee members include:

  • DR. MITCHELL BERGER, President, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, San Francisco
  • CRIS COLLINSWORTH, Former NFL player; NBC Sports football analyst
  • BRETT FAVRE, Former NFL player, high school football coach
  • WHOOPI GOLDBERG, Actress, comedian, singer-songwriter, author, talk show host
  • MARVIN LEWIS, Head football coach, Cincinnati Bengals
  • DIANE LONG, Lawyer, author; wife to former NFL player; mother of two current NFL players
  • HOWIE LONG, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders; father of two current NFL players

About USA Football: USA Football leads the game’s development, inspires participation and ensures a better and safer experience for all youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football (www.usafootball.com), endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002, provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies.

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