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© December, 2006
Football “Hall of Shame” Sheds Lights On Tragic Examples Of Poor Coaching Judgement

by Richard Borkowski, Ed. D., C.M.A.A.
Sport And Recreation Safety Consultant, Narberth, Pa.

THE VAST MAJORITY of people coaching football are outstanding contributors to the development of young men.

There are times, however, as in all professions, that we goof and make poor judgement in certain situations. When it is a safety blunder – the result is usually a football-related injury that could have easily been prevented. Too often today’s injuries are followed by a lawsuit against the coach, assistant coach, athletic director and the board of education.

The following list of football law suits falls into what I call a “Football Hall of Shame.” Each incident you read about in this article was real and resulted in a lawsuit and a court decision against the coach and school. I served as a sport safety consultant in each of these cases.
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