MORE THAN 220 FORMER NFL PLAYERS SERVING AS MASTER TRAINERS AND AMBASSADORS FOR USA FOOTBALL’S HEADS UP PROGRAM

Total number of former NFL players participating in program has tripled since its inception

Randy Gradishar, Jesse Sapolu, Ahman Green and Neil Rackers among those partnering with USA Football for the 2015 season

More than 220 former NFL players are serving as Master Trainers and Ambassadors to teach and reinforce USA Football’s Heads Up Football program to youth leagues and high schools nationwide during the 2015 season. The number of former NFL Players participating in the program has tripled since 2013.

Approximately 6,500 youth football leagues and more than 1,100 high schools nationwide, representing more than 1 million players, have enrolled in Heads Up Football for better and safer play this season. The program has been endorsed by experts in medicine, child advocacy and athletics.

Of USA Football’s 83 Master Trainers, 13 played in the NFL, bringing knowledge and insight gained from competing at the sport’s highest level. USA Football Master Trainers lead full-day instructional sessions for high school and youth programs nationwide, teaching Heads Up Football’s curriculum to high school- and youth league-appointed Player Safety Coaches.

In addition, more than 215 former NFL players will serve as Heads Up Football Ambassadors, visiting practices and games of teams that participate in the program. Ambassadors strengthen awareness and reinforce Heads Up Football’s messages and standards.

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