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Former Falcons kicker Matt Bryant can still remember taking a hit during an elementary school football game.
The sky turned yellow and he saw green dots. At 10 or 11, he didn't recognize the incident as a possible concussion.
Now a father of seven children, Bryant is pushing for legislation in Georgia that would help educate young players and their parents, coaches and others about the dangers of concussions and the need to protect student athletes from serious brain injury.
''I've probably had concussions and didn't know it,'' Bryant told a panel of Georgia House representatives in a hearing Thursday. ''The whole education part of this is important.''
Lawmakers heard testimony from Bryant and former Falcons linebacker Buddy Curry in support of House Bill 673. The legislation is part of a national push by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NCAA President Mark Emmert, who are urging 19 governors to support similar proposals across the c...
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Its been said at times by opposing players preparing to face the Falcons that defensively Atlanta is somewhat vanilla.
That was with Brian VanGorder as defensive coordinator over the last four seasons, but the defense was still the product of head coach Mike Smiths intellectual property, as Smiths background is on the defensive side of the ball.
The Falcons didnt blitz a lot, when...
Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) speaks with his son Tre Bryant, 5, before the first half. AP
Former Falcons linebacker Buddy Curry and kicker Matt Bryant are set to speak at the Georgia Concussion Coalition hearing in support of House Bill 673 at 3 p.m. today at the State Capitol.
Also, offensive lineman Andrew Jackson and wide receiver Kevin Cone will be on hand to support...
Feb. 8, 2012-ATLANTA: Atlanta Falcons from left to right; kicker Matt Bryant, wide receiver Kevin Cone, offensive lineman Andrew Jackson and former linebacker Buddy Curry listen before a hearing on House Bill 673 during the House Health & Human Services Committee meeting in the Coverdell Legislative Office Building Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga., February 8, 2012. HB...
The Atlanta Falcons have revamped their coaching staff this offseason and it’s possible that newly hired defensive coordinator Mike Nolan could be bringing in some of his former players. A report has surfaced that the Atlanta Falcons have their eyes on retired linebacker, Channing Crowder.
Crowder, 28, retired last season after being released by the Miami Dolphins...
Matt Bryant is pushing for legislation in Georgia that would help educate young players and their parents, coaches and others about the dangers of concussions and the need to protect student athletes from serious brain injury.
Brent Grimes is one of the most underrated cornerbacks in football. He’s easily the best player in Atlanta’s secondary. Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton has been a defensive cornerstone since he joined the Falcons four years ago. Surely, the Falcons would like to keep both impending free agents. Perhaps they will, but they can only use one…