Heads Up Football Advisory Committee Unites Football, Parenting and Medical Experts for Youth Player Safety

Posted in: Youth Football, Player Health & Safety

The Heads Up Football Advisory Committee along with representatives from USA Football and the NFL met for the first time today 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 for the children in all 50 states who love to play the sport and gain from its rewards.

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 and the NFL Foundation 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.

 HEADS UP FOOTBALL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

NAME

OCCUPATION

LAVAR ARRINGTON

Former NFL player

DR. MITCHEL BERGER

President, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, San Francisco

CRIS COLLINSWORTH

Former NFL player; NBC Sports football analyst

BILL COWHER

Former NFL player and head coach; CBS Sports football analyst

BRETT FAVRE

Former NFL player, high school football coach

WHOOPI GOLDBERG

Actress, comedian, singer-songwriter, author, talk show host

CHRISTINE GOLIC

Football mom to two 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

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 NFL players

DR. ELIZABETH PIEROTH

Neuropsychologist, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Chicago

LIZ RAEBURN

Teacher; wife of college football head coach, football mom

AMANDA RODRIGUEZ

Blogger

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, blogger

 Visit our Facebook page from photos from today’s meeting: https://www.facebook.com/NFLFoundation