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Football head injuries take spotlight as Super Bowl nears

As the largest sporting event in America draws closer, it's a good time to bring the hard-hitting facts about head injuries to light - on the field and at a worksite. 

Former Dallas Cowboys tailback Tony Dorsett recently announced his decade-long career in the NFL has created significant health problems in retirement, most notably due to head injuries.

Dorsett described to the The Associated Press the hardest hit he ever took in his career, which left him unconscious on the field.

"That ain't the first time I was knocked out or been dazed over the course of my career, and now I'm suffering for it," Dorsett stated.

The importance of head protection is also being discussed in youth football, as some 3.5 million kids between the ages of 6 and 13 play the sport, according to an independent report conducted by former NBC news anchor Stone Phillips.

"When you think about the number of people playing the game, and where we need to be focused in terms of safety and exposure to risk, certainly more work needs to be done here," he told TV Newser following the release of his investigative report.

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