Cowboys assistant Gary Brown seeks marrow donor for daughter

Monday's health and safety news from the world of football:

* The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Gary Brown is trying to find bone-marrow donors for his 15-year-old daughter, who is suffering from chronic myeloid leukemia.


So Brown and his family are partnering with Children's Medical Center and Bethematch.org in hosting a bone marrow donor registration drive Friday, fittingly on Valentine's Day, at various Children's Medical Center locations across North Texas.


"I'm trying to hang in there," Brown said. "The whole bone marrow thing is scary. With no match, it's even scarier. We have to pray we are going to find one. We don't have a timetable. All we know is it's not going to be good if she doesn't get one."


Currently, there are no matches for Malena on the national bone marrow registry. Making it doubly tough for Brown's family is that she is bi-racial. Her dad is black and her mom, Kim, is white.


Blacks make up only 7 percent of the entire registry and it's just 4 percent for people of mixed races. According to the Bethematch.org, only 66 percent of blacks compared to 93 percent of whites find matches at all. Again, that number is lower for those of multi-race backgrounds.


* Former NFL offensive tackle Esera Tuaolo told The Star Tribune that the time is right for the NFL to accept Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive end who came out as gay last week. Tuaolo came out as gay in 2002 after he had retired and in 2006 published "Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL."


Michael, we're living in different times. It was 20 years ago when I came into the league, and it was not an environment where I could come out. The homophobia and the words and language back then was absolutely ridiculous, and nobody would be held accountable for it. In the last 10 years, it hasn't been like that. Any time now, when a player or coach lashes out, they are held accountable for their words. If there's a time that a player should come out, this is the time.


* The Star Tribune also reported that Minnesota Vikings tight end John Carlson said he plans to play next season despite finishing last season on injured reserve with a concussion.

* Kurt Warner's Arizona charity helped a single mother get into a new home, The Arizona Republic reported.

* The Johnson City Press reported on how area schools are preparing for Tennessee's new concussion laws for the upcoming school year.

* USA Today's For The Win site reported that Jen Welter became the first woman to compete in a men's football league in a non-kicking position when she played Saturday for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor