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NFL Safety Initiative

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A former 5-time AFC Champion made a stop back to his home state to educate kids on the dangers of playing football.

Phil Hansen was in Williston this week for the NFL Safety Initiative.

Hansen, born in Ellendale and played college ball at NDSU, spent 11 seasons rushing the quarterback as a defensive end with the great Buffalo Bills team of the 90's.

He spoke with student at Wilkinson Elementary about The Heads Up Football program.

It's an initiative to teach new athletes of the game, the proper way to tackle among other issues.

(Phil Hansen, Former NFL Player) "If you teach a good to tackle right at a young age, you won't have to correct a bad habit as he gets older. So we want to teach kids young. We want to teach kids how to fit equipment, teach the parents how equipment should fit. The whole initiative is about the safety protocol because of the emphasis that has been on concussions lately, we just really are trying to minimize that aspect of the game, make it as safe as we possibly can.

Hansen is a member of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame, now lives in Duluth.

He originally was in town to speak at the Williston Parks and Recreation end of season Flag Football Banquet but wanted to stop into Wilkinson to teach students about football safety..

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