Friday's health and safety news from the world of football:
- The NFL announced with the USA Network that it will expand its "NFL Characters Unite" program to oppose bullying, prejudice and discrimination. The partnership will include a weekly on-air vignette and webisode series on charactersunite.com launching on Dec. 2.
- American Aljazeera reported that college football's reported concussions dropped by 25 percent during this past regular season among FBS schools.
- The Patriot League announced that its Council of Presidents meeting focused on the health and wellness of student-athletes.
- The Catholic Globe in Sioux City, Iowa, reportedon Heelan High School, which was one of 10 schools around the country to receive free ShockBox concussion sensors this season.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor