"Fielding full rosters of varsity, junior varsity and freshmen football teams years ago was as simple as putting out a sign up sheet and watching the names pile up.
These days, some local high school football coaches have to perform their best sales pitch to encourage students and their parents to step onto the gridiron amid fears of concussions, other injuries and a plethora of other high school sports offerings.
“It used to be young men couldn’t wait to play high school football,” said Dan Haddad, Bellingham High School head football coach. “Now you’re a salesman. They’re just not coming out.”
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Taylor Twellman, former NE Revolution soccer player who retired due to his concussion injuries, is now a sports commentator and founder of ThinkTaylor.org to raise awareness of this issue. The MIAA collaborated to hold concussion awareness week from Sep 11 - 15.