VIDEO Marshall calls time out on tackle football

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Posted on May 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 5:02 PM

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.

 

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