San Antonio coaches learn new tackle to prevent conc­ussions

New tackle doesn't use helmets, shoulder pads

SAN ANTONIO - Bobby Hosea certainly loves the game of football. The former defensive back for the UCLA Bruins played football for much of his life.

But when his son, Steven came to him wanting to play the game he loved so much, Hosea's response was surprising.

"I expected him to say yes right away," Steven Hosea said. 

He was reluctant to let Steven play because he knew how dangerous football could be with hits that can cause devastating concussions.

"We know what's causing these brain injuries and it's the way we play the game," Hosea said. 

So instead of forbidding Steven to play, he created a new way to play. A unique type of helmet-free, shoulder pad-free tackle that helps prevent concussions.

Now Hosea is teaching his new tackle to coaches across the nation with a stop Saturday in San Antonio at Incarnate Word .

Hosea is working alongside Gridiron Heroes, a non-profit organization that helps young football players with spinal cord injuries. 

Brandon Parrott with Kids Sports Network helped bring Hosea and Gridiron Heroes here, with one goal in mind.

"Our goal is to help youth football coaches keep the kids safe that are playing the game of football," Parrott said. 

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