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A single season playing football might be all it takes to change a young athlete's brain.

Those are the preliminary findings of research presented this week in Chicago at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

Researchers used special MRI methods to look at nerve bundles in the brain in a study of the brains of 26 young male football players, average age 12, before and after one season. Twenty-six more young males who didn't play football also got MRI scans at the same time to be used as a control group.

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When football quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in 2016, his intention was to protest racial injustice in America.

From Texas Standard:

The universities of Texas and Oklahoma will face off this Saturday in the annual Red River Showdown, at the Texas State Fair. The rivalry goes all the way back to 1900, with many years of gamesmanship in between. In 1999, Mike Leach, Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator, played a prank before the game that led to Oklahoma gaining a 17-point lead in the first quarter.

From Texas Standard:

Back in February, former Austin Westlake High quarterback Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. It was a high point in what’s been a fairly bumpy pro career for Foles, and after the game in an interview with the NFL Network, he was asked how he kept his enthusiasm for football.

“I grew up in Texas. Played some Texas high school football. ‘Talk to ‘em baby.’ Hey – that stuff’s real! I touched a football the first day I was born,” Foles said.

Foles is part of a grand tradition of big-time Texas quarterbacks. But there was a time when QBs weren’t such an abundant Lone Star State export.

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Gabe Rivera, a star of local and college football before is NFL career was cut short by a drunk driving accident, died Monday. He was 57.

June 21, 2018
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The San Antonio Alliance is bringing pro football back to the city in February 9, 2019.


Courtesy of NOCSAE

Leaders in sports safety gathered Friday in San Antonio to field questions about new equipment standards for sports, including football, baseball and lacrosse.

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment is a non-profit that funds research into sports-related injuries and medicine.

They determined that certain rotational forces contribute to concussions during football. This year, NOCSAE issued new guidance for football helmets based on that information.

From Texas Standard.

2017 was a year to remember in Muenster. The Texas city is about 15 miles south of the Oklahoma border, and in 2017, its public high school did something that no other Texas school has ever done: win three state championships in a calendar year.

From Texas Standard.

On a recent chilly Friday night at Fort Davis ISD’s football field, the stands are nearly empty. No more than a half-dozen parents sat in the visitors section at the rural west Texas school to cheer their team: the El Paso Christian Home School Panthers.

Do Politics Have A Place In The NFL?

Oct 13, 2017

Freedom, respect and “taking a knee” in the NFL. The VP walks out. Trump threatens. What’s right here?

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