Cow…moms? Football Moms Learn Safe Tackling at AT&T Stadium

ARLINGTON -- Names like Irvin, Aikman, Smith, Staubach, Jordan, and Landry have all taken the field at Cowboys Stadium. Saturday, though, wasn't about the Cowboys.

It was all about the cow...moms?

That's right. America's Team, along with Baylor Scott & White Health hosted hundred of North Texas moms who had one worry, the safety of their kids on the football field.

“If they told me that there’s a high chance that playing the sport will cause them to hurt themselves even worse than what I was thinking, then I wouldn’t continue them in the sport," said mother of three football playing boys, LaArtis Williams.

The goal of the day was to teach moms proper tackling techniques so they can be part of the process of keeping their growing gridiron stars safe.

“We can get out there on the field and go through five specific tackling fundamentals and put them all together so that the moms can maybe go back and play a little football in the living room," said USA Football Regional Director Matt DeLuzio.

One of the state's best known football moms is Michelle Witten, wife of future Hall of Famer and Cowboys Tight End Jason Witten. Their sons C.J. (9) and Cooper (8) are starting their football careers, and she has no hesitation about it.

“I just realize the importance of proper training," Mrs. Witten said. "I do want my boys on the football field because they love it and are passionate about it, but I want them to be taught the correct way."

It turns out, after chopping those feet and chucking those pads, our moms agree.

“If they don’t have the right training, they can really get hurt, but I’m real comfortable with how they explained things today," grandmother Linda Daniels said.

While the moms only experienced the tackling techniques of USA Football's Heads Up Football program on the field, there are six core elements: Sudden Cardiac Emergency Preparedness, Concussion Awareness, Heat Hydration, Equipment Fitting, and Blocking. They talked through many of those during a panel session prior to the on field portion.

Panel guests were: DeLuzio, Mrs. Witten, Baylor Instituate Neuropsychologist Dr. Mark Barisa, former Cowboys player Tony Casillas, and Dairy MAX representative Dr. Lana Frantzen.