The most probing question asked of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn't come to the half-dozen reporters assembled at a youth football practice earlier this month.
It came from Raquel Garfield, a mother who had two sons practicing on the Centreville High football field behind Goodell.
"I've seen NFL players look fine when they're playing and then, 10 years later, they can barely walk. They can barely think," Garfield said. "How do I know what to trust on the long-term implications on whether to let them play?"
It's a question thousands of parents around the nation have likely wrestled with in the aftermath of the thousands of lawsuit filed by former NFL players and the increasing amount of research that has linked brain trauma to debilitating health issues later in life. Goodell was at this event on Oct. 10 with pediatric neuropsychologist and researcher Gerard Gioia and youth football officials as part of USA Football's launch of "Heads Up Football," a program aimed at reducing...