NFL players and U.S. service members have been meeting to discuss concussions, and plan to get together frequently in the future.
Current players such as Arizona star receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Cleveland All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas met June 8 at the Pentagon with former players and coaches, league medical personnel and representatives from the Army and Marine Corps. The NFL expects to have military members attend team training camps beginning in late July to further exchange ideas.
Players will attend military bases in the future to discuss concussions, as well.
The cooperation between players and troops was initiated from several trips Commissioner Roger Goodell has taken with military personnel.
Goodell met last fall with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno and now-retired Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli. Odierno met with Goodell again last month to discuss progress in the diagnosis and treatment of concussions, head trauma and resultant illnesses.
Read the rest of Barry Wilner’s Associated Press report at Military Times.