Thursday's health and safety news from the world of football:
- Arizona State offensive lineman Chip Sarafin on Wednesday became the first active NCAA Division I football player to publicly announce that he is gay, The Arizona Republic reported. St. Louis Rams rookie Michael Sam came out to his University of Missouri teammates prior to last season, but he did not make a public announcement until he was training for the NFL Scouting Combine.
- The Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator reported that the East Palestine High School football team will wear custom-molded mouthguards.
- CHCH-TV in Canada reported on how Western University used its second concussion awareness and fundraising event to announce a new partnership aimed at reducing the blow concussions have on sports in the country.
- KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas, reported on how football coaches in the area continue to stress concussion awareness.
- The Daily Telegram in Adrian, Mich., reported on how the city's high school football team is participating in concussion research.
- The Glens Falls (N.Y.) Post-Star published an editorial about how concussion training around football is critical.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor