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The Hidden Danger of Tackle Football

Alexander Gutting is a student at the University of Connecticut majoring in Digital Media and Design. Alexander is the nephew of former Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, and Detroit Lions defensive lineman Shane Dronett. Dronett died in January 2009 at age 38 and was later diagnosed with CTE. To honor his uncle’s legacy, Alexander created an animated video to illustrate the risks of playing tackle football before age 14 to parents and children. 

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By Alexander Gutting

I created this animation to support the Concussion Legacy Foundation’s Flag Football Under 14 program. My family was impacted by the loss of my uncle, Shane Dronett, a 10-year NFL veteran to CTE in 2009. This animation is to honor my uncle and help educate families of the risks of playing tackle football before age 14. I am thankful that Chris Nowinski and the entire Concussion Legacy Foundation has given me the opportunity to share my project.



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