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This Week Spotlights Former College Great Greg Olsen of Miami and Concussion Research at VT and UNC
Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” continues its tenth season with Episode 4 this weekend. The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in 75 markets throughout the country.
This week’s show features former Miami Hurricane tight end Greg Olsen. After a stellar college career, the All-ACC selection was drafted in the first round by the Chicago Bears. He was traded to the Carolina Panthers in 2011, and had his most productive season as a pro this past season. But the challenges he faced on the field were overshadowed by traumatic news at home after one of the twins was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart defect. See how he and his wife Kara dealt with the news of their son’s health and how the Panthers family, helped them through a difficult time in their lives.
Concussions in football have been in the headlines, and two ACC schools have been leaders in concussion research. Virginia Tech began concussion studies in 2003 with sensor-equipped helmets to measure impact force. In addition to indicating concussion-force impact during a game, the research also led to VT instituting helmet ratings. Much like crash testing in the automotive field, these ratings have helped schools choose the best protection for players.
The University of North Carolina has also become a pioneer in the field of concussion diagnosis and analysis. Using a concussion effects balance assessment developed by UNC medical staff, players can be tested and cleared to safely return to the field. Both schools are leading the way to improve safety for football players.
For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit http://www.raycomsports.com/football-saturdays-in-the-south/.
Based in Charlotte, Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports marketing, event management and production firm. Raycom is the syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts.
Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, AL, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.