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Judy Battistia: NFL's safety campaign lives on after settlement

The NFL agreed to a $765 million concussion lawsuit settlement with retired players last week. So does the league's push for safety end there?

Not at all, according to columnist Judy Battista. She said to look no further than the player safety rules that go into effect this season.

Battista said a loosening of the rules quickly would trickle down to football's lower levels, where the NFL has championed a culture change. Namely, the league has backed the Heads Up Football program, which teaches players how to tackle using safer techniques.

Blandino also has led the safety charge, telling players during the offseason how the game will be called differently and that they need to adapt.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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