On Defense: NFL Says Football 'Has Never Been Safer'

A top NFL safety official said Tuesday that "football has never been safer" and that the league respects the decision of a 24-year-old linebacker to retire because he is worried about long-term brain injury. Jeff Miller, the NFL's senior vice president of health and safety policy, said in a statement, "We are seeing a growing culture of safety. Everyone involved in the game knows that there is more work to do and player safety will continue to be our top priority." The long-term health damage caused by player concussions is one of several crises confronting Commissioner Roger Goodell.