"We can absolutely make it safer for athletes of all ages to enjoy the sports they love to play," said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who is sponsoring the bill along with Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.). "I'm glad the NFL is supporting our efforts to protect young athletes on the field."
The bill also would increase penalties for equipment companies making false injury prevention claims.
"Manipulating the good intentions of parents trying to protect their young athletes is unacceptable and our bill will end that practice," Rockefeller said.
The bill would instruct the Consumer Product Safety Commission to review the National Academies of Science's findings on concussions in youth sports and then make recommendations to manufacturers.
It would also allow the Federal Trade Commission to impose fines for using false claims to sell protective sports gear.
CHANGING SUPER BOWL GAME PLAN: Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice reiterated how he and his teammates were caught off guard when Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan changed the game plan less than two days before Oakland's 48-21 loss in the 2003 Super Bowl.
They planned on a running attack, then it switched to a heavy passing game.
Callahan vehemently denied the allegations last week by Tim Brown and Rice that the coach had "sabotaged" the Raiders because of his close friendship with Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden by altering the game plan less than two days before
"I have played under Bill Walsh, many, many years," Rice said. "When you prepare for a game a certain way, you don't change anything on that given Friday. Maybe the word is not sabotaged, but you look at it and you can put whatever words you want to it, but you do not change the game plan on a Friday, two days before the Super Bowl."
Rice provided a quick rundown of the runners they had: Tyrone Wheatley, Charlie Garner and fullback Zack Crockett.
"We were averaging over 300 something yards a game," Rice said. "We had planned to run the football. All of a sudden, Friday, now you decide we're going to throw the ball 60 or more times. That, to me, leaves the players a little hesitant. Because now all of a sudden we don't know we're going to attack that football team. Maybe sabotaged is not the word, but this is something Tim and I, we talk about. We both agreed that it was just very unusual for that to happen. Under Bill Walsh, that wouldn't have happened."
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