As evidence continues to mount about the dangers of youth and high school football, the sport's participation has plummeted 7 percent from its peak in 2009, according to data released today by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Some states have been affected more than others. In Ohio, where high school football reigned atop the sports hierarchy for decades, participation is down 23 percent over that time. Both North Carolina and Illinois have seen a 19 percent dip as well.
According to NBC News, at this rate, there will be fewer than 1 million high school football players in the United States by 2020.