AUGUSTA — Former New England Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett is coming to the State House next week to support a legislative proposal to better manage concussions in youth sports.

 

Tippett is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is now the Patriots’ executive director of community affairs. He was drafted in 1982 and led the New England defense his entire career before retiring in 1993.

 

Tippett will come to Augusta to support of LD 98, which would direct the Maine Commissioner of Education to adopt guidelines for identifying head injuries and safely returning injured students to school and to athletics. The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee is expected to take up the bill Wednesday afternoon.

 

In addition to the Patriots’ support, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NCAA President Mark Emmert wrote a letter to Gov. Paul LePage last week asking him to support the proposal.


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