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Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

The football gap separating the old-school game and its new era adapting to the times was revealed as wide as the Grand Canyon at the Atlantic Coast Conference media days last month in Charlotte, N.C. The concussion subject of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was teed up...

Two books recommended for Larry Fedora

Two books recommended for Larry Fedora

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The week that was for Larry Fedora and how he could have enlightened football fans while he waved the flag. First, Fedora put up a trial balloon equating American exceptionalism and football during a preseason football tour stop -- the Pigskin Preview...

Rashaan Salaam remembered with retired number

Rashaan Salaam remembered with retired number

"It means a great deal to the program. Getting to know Rashaan a little bit the last couple years when he was here was good. I just remember his smile. He always had a great smile on his face. He was always really pleasant to talk to. All the guys that played with him and all the...

Washington State extends global reach

Washington State extends global reach

Washington State invested $141 million in the past five years to improve the football experience for fans at Martin Stadium as well as the overall shine of facilities to aid the arms race of recruiting.From 2011 to 2014, the Cougars added 21 luxury suites and premium seating...

Football took Salavea to the White House

Football took Salavea to the White House

My 2016 story for the National Football Foundation's Football Matters section. Salavea has since moved on as an assistant coach at Oregon. Salavea was named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.By Tom ShanahanFootball lore is filled with Horatio Alger-like...

More memories of Junior Seau

More memories of Junior Seau

As the San Diego Chargers honor Junior Seau posthumously for his induction into  the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I have my own memories that date to the first time I learned about him as a 9-year-old in Oceanside, Calif.I could go on long beyond 11 memories – signifying his...

Unintended Impact featured on CFB Pros podcast

Unintended Impact featured on CFB Pros podcast

Click here for a College Football Pros podcast with Michigan State alum and author Jim Proebstle on his book, "Unintended Impact." Jim's book is a unique account on how his old brother Dick, a high school and college teammate, suffered Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy as a...

Junior Seau final act educated us about CTE

Junior Seau final act educated us about CTE

I once shared your shock and sadness over Junior Seau’s suicide. Now I only share sadness, thanks to Junior educating us about the link between concussions and the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.The larger-than-life linebacker killed himself on May 2,...

Hall of Fame speech advice for Sydney Seau

Hall of Fame speech advice for Sydney Seau

First Sydney Seau and her family felt disappointment. Now Junior Seau's only daughter – whom he wanted to speak for her if he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- must be filled with enough butterflies to fill a Super Bowl stadium. The Hall made the right...

My 1989 story on Junior Seau and his All American season

My 1989 story on Junior Seau and his All American season

My look back at Junior Seau. He will be the first Samoan enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio. I plan to post another story soon with my memories of Junior and thoughts on his brain damage from concussions and his death.Nov. 17, 1989, San Diego...