NFL player takes high school athletes to see ‘Concussion’

December 28, 2015 / FootballSports Medicine & Nutrition
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown took football players from a Pennsylvania high school last week to see the movie ‘Concussion,’ an act he said was to educate young athletes about the perils of the sport.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. | Photo: Keith Allison, Flickr
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. | Photo: Keith Allison, Flickr

USA Today reported that Brown took the entire Clairton High School football team to watch the film. ‘Concussion,’ starring Will Smith, is about Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered the degenerative brain disease CTE and its occurrence in athletes exposed to repeated head trauma.

“These high school kids, they’ve got to be aware of their future,” Brown told WPIX-TV, as reported by USA Today, “and raise awareness and some positivity to come out and to spend some time in the community is always a pleasure.”

From the article:

Clairton senior wide receiver Aaron Mathews, who is currently weighing offers from Penn State and West Virginia, among other FBS suitors, described the film as a wakeup call. “I definitely wouldn’t want to have any of those crazy injuries that I saw in that movie,” he told the local television news station.

Likewise, Clairton coach Wayne Wade, who took over a Bears team that has won five state titles in the past eight years, admitted to having “mixed emotions” after watching the movie.

“It was a great movie,” he added. “There were a lot of messages in the movie, and I think a lot of people will get a lot from it.”

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