Former NFL player teaches 'Safe Football'

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by Jaime Cerreta

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Posted on August 5, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 5 at 11:48 AM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Former NFL player Scott Peters has created a new way to play football.

A former player for the Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University Sun Devils football, Peters started studying jiujitsu and thought he could use martial arts techniques in football.

"This is about evolution and protecting the younger generation of players," he said. "We think football's worth it, but it's only worth it when you know how to do it properly."

Now he's teaching football players -- from Pop Warner all the way up to pro ball -- a safer way to play. His program is called Safe Football.

"You always want to get your hands in first," Centennial High School Football player Steven Bailey said. "I always had a bad habit of leading with my head."

He says Safe Football focuses on hands, hips and footwork, along with leverage. His father is thrilled with the skills created to avoid hits to the head.

"Now he's using techniques where he can use his hands and arms much more to protect his head," Jeff Bailey said.

We all know how dangerous those hits can be.

"Now, in light of all these concussion concerns -- which are very legitimate, of course -- I think we have to do something to protect people," Peters said.

"I love the game of football. I want to play as long as I can. I want to play another four years of college," Bailey said.

To learn more about Safe Football go to www.SafeFootball.org.

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