The East Texas town of Marshall made first page news in the New York Times this week.
The town of 24,000 made headlines for a major change in its football program.
After growing concerns about the physical dangers of the sport, the Marshall Independent School District decided earlier this year to shut down its seventh-grade tackle football program. They’ll replace it with flag football.
In a town where football is king, you’d have expected some push back. But football, it seems, is now taking a back seat to safety.
A former player who is also a dad talked with News 8’s Shelly Slater about why Marshall really is a maverick for change.