Tackle Techniques: Local Players, Coach React to Georgia Death

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MENTOR, Ohio-- A recent tragedy on a football field in Georgia is sparking conversation among local teams here in Northeast Ohio.

"You feel bad thinking about it and you don’t want anything like that to ever happen," said Mentor Cardinals Head Coach Steve Trivisonno.

He's talking about the death of De'Antre Turman, a football player from Georgia, who died after making a tackle during scrimmage.

"We teach everybody in this program from the little kids to all the way up to high school how to tackle. We work on it every day and it’s just one of those things that you have to keep doing, and doing right," said Coach Trivisonno.

If you do it wrong, you could get hurt, seriously hurt, or even worse, killed. That's why he said he is constantly practicing with his players to make sure they're using the right technique.

"We really work on our form and making sure our head is up and instead of bending at our back, and we use our knees and get down and make sure we have a good stance," said Mentor football player, Justin McMahon.

He's a linebacker for the team. He said Turman's death has really made him think twice.

"It definitely kind of gets in your mind and you make sure that you're doing everything right and that your form is good, so that doesn't happen to you or somebody else," he said.

Coach Trivisonno said the players also wear really nice gear, and the ones who tend to tackle more, often wear protective collars.

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