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Local ref says NFL’s focus on concussions will help keep kids safe

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is walked off the field by referee Ed Hochuli during the second half an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is walked off the field by referee Ed Hochuli during the second half an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
PAOLA, KS (KCTV) -

The concussion debate is back in the NFL just two weeks into regular season football.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor get sacked by the New York Jets Thursday night. After the hard hit, the referee made Taylor leave the field because he looked "woozy."

In Taylor's case, the National Football League wasn’t taking any chances. That’s because during the season opener they took a lot of heat when Cam Newton got hit in the head but was allowed to stay in the game.

A Kansas City man who suffered a brain injury playing football says this strict rule is setting an example that will keep kids safe.

"My injury happened back in 1984, 22 years ago. Still to this day, I’m dealing with liss of sight, hearing, loss of feeling, loss of balance," Chad Myers said.

After taking a hard hit to the head playing football with friends, the then 11-year-old decided to go home.

"A day later, I woke up screaming, 'My head! My head! My head!'" Myers said.

To this day, he regrets not going to the hospital right away.

"Discovered I had loose blood flowing in my brain due to a hit, and they immediately got me on a flight for life and flew me to Denver," he said.

And Taylor's hit from Thursday night's game brings back those memories. The referee walked Taylor off the field to get checked for a concussion. Taylor didn’t want to leave, but Myers has one thing to say.

"The fact that the referee saw the hit, and it was a hit to the head, and he removed him, I’m totally in favor of that and in agreement with that," he said.

That’s not just from a man whose brain injury affects him to this day. It’s the perspective of a man who os now a Kansas high school football referee.

His family supports him in his mission to keep kids on the field and injury free.

"It has changed my life completely. It flipped my life upside down," he said.

Myers says the NFL referee's call is exactly what high school football needs.

"It sets a great example because everything comes from the top down, you know," he said.

Myers said it is another step in the right direction to keep NFL players and kids safe.

The state of Kansas has rules regarding concussions in high school sports. Myers says anytime he referees, he will remove kids from the game who are showing symptoms like confusion, stumbling, slow speech and loss of consciousness and memory.

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