Former Pro Bowl Quarterback Now an Ambassador for USA Football’s Heads Up Football Program – in Alaska
In early 2007, after a 10-year NFL career, Jake Plummer retired from the NFL at 32 years old, just a year removed from leading the Denver Broncos to the brink of the Super Bowl. The former Pro Bowl quarterback concisely sums up his controversial decision, “It was just time.”
Now on NFL.com (http://www.nfl.com/plummer) and tonight at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network’s flagship show, NFL Total Access, Andrea Kremer catches up with the former Pro Bowl quarterback six years removed from the NFL to delve into his past and highlight his newest passion – an ambassador for USA Football’s Heads Up Football program.
In the feature, and elaborated on throughout Kremer’s written piece, Plummer explains why he walked away and stayed away from football for many years. However, the desire to be around the sport he loves has returned and USA Football’s Heads Up Football program provides him the opportunity to be an advocate and educator for youth football players – in Alaska.
About USA Football’s Heads Up Football
USA Football’s Heads Up Football:
· The Heads Up Football program promotes a positive youth football experience and advances player safety by providing coaching education and teaching resources that benefit players, parents and coaches. Heads Up Football aims to take the head out of the game.
· Heads Up Football is comprised of five primary elements:
o Heads Up Tackling
o Coaching certification
o Concussion recognition and response
o Player Safety Coach
o Equipment fitting
· All Heads Up Football youth coaches must be certified. Certification includes: concussion recognition and response protocols; proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting; and Heads Up Tackling techniques, which aim to take the head out of the line of contact, and teach proper fundamentals.
· More than 2,800 youth football leagues across the U.S., representing more than 580,000 players and 84,000 coaches nationwide, have adopted Heads Up Football for the 2013 season.
· Parents should make sure their kids’ coaches are Heads Up Certified. Any coach can be Heads Up certified. Visit www.usafootball.com/headsup.
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