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good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. >> and i'm dan harris. this is saturday, february 5th. and this morning, battle lines. thousands of protesters are out on the streets in egypt today, refusing to give up. but president mubarak isn't backing down, either. so, what's the end game here? and now, there is this. a gas pipeline that supplies israel has blown up. we're live with the latest. super bowl storm. a rare scene, as snow and ice cripples texas and much of the south. thousands of flights are canceled, as fans try to make it to dallas for the big game. while workers at the stadium flee from falling ice. reality blurred. the families of amanda knox and the woman she's convicted of killing are both fuming over a
new made-for-tv movie about knox's trial in italy. did the filmmakers cross the line here? and go for launch. mark kelly, the astronaut, husband of gabrielle giffords, decides to head to space in two months on a shuttle mission. will it affect her recovery and his state of mind onboard? that storm is wreaking havoc down in texas. you know i love houston. but i was surprised to see that city basically shut down. i barely made my flight out from houston. there's a little bit of ice. much more so in dallas. >> they're not used to it down south. they're sort of cursed this year during the super bowl. they've had storms all week. now, we're hearing there's going to be some bad weather tomorrow for the game. this is an amazing picture, with the ice falling down. >> and this, when they're trying to break a super bowl record for attendance. they're selling outdoor tickets for $200. >> good luck with that.
more bad news -- >> the other bad news, for some football fans, is that there's no cheerleaders this year. think about it. this is texas, the state where the pom-pom was invented. and there will be no cheerleaders at the super bowl this year because neither of the teams competing this year have super bowls -- excuse me. have cheerleaders. they are only two of the six teams in the nfl that don't have cheerleaders. >> dan's all stumbling over that. >> i looked at the video and got distracted. >> maybe the dallas cowgirl cheerleaders will come out and surprise them all. >> outside in the rain. there's some programming ideas for you, dallas. also coming up this morning, some big questions about the big, new job numbers. the unemployment rate went down for the second-straight month. but how is that happening with so few people actually being hired? our in-house expert, bianna golodryga, is going to grill one of our favorite experts from "the wall street journal," coming up. but we do begin with egypt, where thousands of protesters are out again today in cairo, vowing not to end their demonstrations until president hosni mubarak steps down.
but he's giving no indication that he's willing to do that. and today, a renewed call from u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton, for leaders across the middle east to embrace change as a strategic necessity. our david muir is in cairo with us for the latest. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, to you, bianna, from cairo. and you can see thousands of protesters have gathered again here in tahrir square, behind me, on this, what is now day 12. many of them are aware of the words from washington you speak of, from secretary clinton. president obama, in the last 24 hours, calling for a transition period that begins now. but not overtly calling for mubarak to step down. the people here behind me are. this morning, they remain determined here. protesters who want mubarak to step down even before september. fueled by what they consider a victory. angry mobs are gone. the violent clashes on hold, at least for now. what do you want to achieve? >> i want to be a doctor. >> reporter: you want to be a doctor? >> yes. >> reporter: and we walk freely
across the bridge, where demonstrators for mubarak, just 48 hours ago, were hurling rocks, stopping drivers and journalists. on day 12, so many have spent their days and their nights here. others continue to come back. what keeps you coming back? why are you here again today? >> actually, nothing has been changing. everything is the same. the system is the same. every day, we have promises. but nothing actually changes. >> reporter: you are a student, a young actress here. you've been here every day from the beginning. what is your hope now on day 12? >> my hope has been the same since i started. democracy, freedom, social justice. >> reporter: inside, it's everywhere you look. the bandages, the wounds after two days of violence. this man shows me the casings, after being shot in the arm during that nighttime fire from the fringe. this man points to his broken nose. he's been here for days. telling us, this is what the government has done.
meantime, egyptian state tv is reporting on an explosion at a gas pipeline on egypt's northern peninsula, setting off huge flames seen from miles away. there's been no reported injuries. but there is concern because those gas pipelines run to jordan and israel. and what's unclear this morning is exactly who was behind that explosion and whether or not that natural gas has been cut off, going both to israel and jordan. what it does illustrate are the intricate relationships between egypt and this region. everyone here, still watching what is going on in the square very closely. >> thank you for your reporting in very difficult circumstances. we know you'll have much more on "world news tonight." let's go, now, to christiane amanpour, who has been leading our coverage from cairo. doing excellent work. christiane, let me ask you about this. what is the end game at this point? i know there's talk about gently nudging mubarak out of power. what are you hearing about that?
>> reporter: well, dan, away from the world stage that liberation square has become, i'm in a different part of cairo right now, where there's traffic. there's people having coffee at the cafe. and they want this to be over so that they can get the economy started again. billions of dollars being lost in the 12 days since this all started. the people pressure has not yet forced president mubarak out. and there are talks, now, on how to form a transitional government or a transitional authority. the only thing is that the main figurehead leaders, mohammed el-baradei and even the muslim brotherhood, are saying no talks on that can happen until mubarak steps down. >> that's the tricky thing. some of the ideas you hear floated are, let's find a way to engineer a graceful exit for mubarak, that might involve him taking medical leave in germany, or going to his house in sharm el sheikh, which is outside of cairo. but not stripping him of the presidency right away so as to
not humiliate him. would that be enough, do you think, for the protesters? some of them want him to be put on trial. >> reporter: well, we're being told by the main opposition leaders that they're not interested in retributional revenge. they're interested in a dignified exit. but the political machinations is what we're focusing on right now. because omar suleiman, the vice president right now, is reaching out to opposition groups to create some kind of a transitional body to move forward right now. with the stalemate, and the status quo and protesters in the street. with mubarak, still promising to leave in september. and yet, nothing moving forward. really a stalemate going on right now. so, they need to get some kind of body to move the protests forward, to change the constitution and to prepare for the elections, which they hope to be able to have free and fair elections in the future. dan? >> none of this will be easy or simple. christiane amanpour, thank you, again, for your excellent reporting. we know you, too, will have more on "world news tonight," and
also on "this week" on sunday morning. thank you again. bianna, over to you. we want to turn to another winter storm across much of the south, with ice and snow. icy roads are being blamed for several traffic deaths in louisiana, alabama and mississippi. and tens of thousands of homes in arizona and new mexico are without gas and heat because of the storm. and in dallas, where the super bowl kicks off tomorrow, the storm is having a huge impact on preparations for the big game. here's ryan owens with more. >> reporter: when the snow and ice finally stopped falling from the sky in dallas, it fell from cowboys stadium. friday afternoon, huge slabs of ice plunged from the roof of the $1.3 million stadium, injuring workers below. as i looked up, i saw almost like an avalanche. that's what it sounded like, falling off the top of the stadium. >> reporter: mother nature has been the super bowl's most stubborn and unlikely opponent.
who would ever imagine a city in texas would see a massive ice storm earlier in the week? and then, nearly a half-foot of snow on friday? hundreds of dallas-bound flights have been canceled. the parents of green bay wide receiver, greg jennings, spent all week stuck in michigan, desperate to get to dallas to see their son. >> one way or another. i guess if we start walking now, i guess we could get there. >> reporter: 550 steelers fans spent most of friday at the pittsburgh airport. >> ready to come to dallas and put a hurtin' on the packers. >> reporter: all of the interstates surrounding dallas-ft. worth are sheets of ice. and rarely do you see cars successfully going more than 20, 25 miles per hour. icy roads are blamed for at least four fatalities across the south. but that's not scaring the fans away. >> this is like home. >> reporter: but not for long. today's high will be in the 40s. tomorrow, the 50s, which means the snow and ice will melt before the big game, including
what's still on top of cowboys stadium. for "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, arlington, texas. now, to the other big story this morning, the economy and those new job numbers. first, the good news. there was a huge drop in the unemployment rate, down to 9%. just two months ago, it was at 9.8%, making this the biggest 2-month drop in more than 50 years. but here's why there's little celebrating. take a look at this. in october, 171,000 jobs were added. then, in november, 93,000 jobs were created. december brought 121,000 jobs. it seemed the momentum was really building for a recovery. but then, these new numbers out yesterday. only 36,000 jobs added in january. that's far less than what's expected. so, what happened? the main factor was the continuous onslaught of bad weather, keeping employers and job-seekers apart. but, of course, there's much
more to the story. so, let's bring in jon hilsenrath, chief economic correspondent for "the wall street journal," who is joining us live this morning from washington. good morning, jon. >> hey, bianna. how are you? >> jon, i want to ask you about this confusing report. over a year, economists have said we need to see 200,000, 300,000 jobs added each month to see a significant decline in the unemployment rate. we have seen a decline in the unemployment rate but that's coupled with lackluster job creation. is it all about the weather that's causing this? >> you know, there's a lot of movement in and out of the job market. every month. and one of the reasons the unemployment rate is falling is because people are leaving the labor force, for a variety of reasons. some people are going back to school. some people are taking early retirements. that's helping to pull the unemployment rate down. but i think the big picture here, the big story here is that everything's moving in the right direction. the unemployment rate is coming down. we are seeing job gains, as you just pointed out, for four months in a row. i think the point we're at right now, is the economy is finally starting to grow enough. corporate profits are going up.
this recovery is getting traction. and the job market is improving. that's something we can be encouraged about right now. >> how big of a factor was weather for the month of january? is that a main reason why we didn't see more jobs added to the economy? >> that was a factor. january is always a very hard month to read. not only because of weather. but you have a lot of shifts in the market right after the christmas holidays. a lot of people coming in and out of the labor force because of retail employment, for instance. and then, the labor department makes some adjustments to its measurements of this overall size of the population. i don't get hung up in these month-to-month changes. it's really what you just did, which is the right thing, which is to focus on the trend. the trend is improving. and frankly, i think 2011 is going to be one of the best years we've had in more than half a decade because we're starting to get traction in a lot of areas. the stock market is up. exports are rising. things are starting to improve. >> things are starting to improve. the stock market had a great month in january.
retail sales are up. consumer confidence is up. but, jon, it really is all about the jobs. and at what point does this become a jobless recovery when we still see these lackluster numbers? 36,000 is not a good number. >> you know, what we tend -- what we've tended to see after the last two recessions, in 1990 and then in 2001, is employers are very slow, very reluctant to hire, until they see corporate profits rising. until their own confidence comes up. it could take a year or two, three years, for that to happen. i think it's starting to kick in. we're not going to see really fast improvement. it's going to be this slow grind. it's going to be unsatisfying for a lot of people. but it's better than the unemployment rate rising. you know, we're still going to have unemployment of more than 8%, probably by the end of the year. but at least it's going down. we're at 9.6% just a couple months ago. >> let's hope for a better february.
jon, good to see you. have a great weekend. thanks for joining us. >> thanks a lot. now, we go to ron claiborne with the other headlines this morning. good morning, ron. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with new questions about the cyber security protecting the nation's infrastructure and your money. "the wall street journal" reports that hackers have repeatedly attacked the computer network for the company that runs the nasdaq stock market. but the system that executes trades has not been compromised and no tampering was done. the fbi and secret service are investigating. and the government wants more money distributed to victims of last year's gulf oil spill. the justice department is asking the administrator of the $20 billion victims fund to loosen the purse strings. any unspent money eventually goes back to bp. and former alaska governor, sarah palin, says america needs to return to the values of ronald reagan. in a speech celebrating reagan's 100th birthday, which is tomorrow, palin said america is on a road to ruin because of what she characterized as misguided policies in washington, d.c. but one of reagan's sons, ron
reagan, says palin has nothing in common with his father. and the owners of the new york mets are accused of making millions while turning a blind eye to bernie madoff's massive fraud. a trustee trying to recover money for victims, said the team's owners made money with investments with madoff, while ignoring warnings made by the investment firm. it says in a lawsuit brought by the trustee, the owners used much of the profits to run the mets and to enrich themselves and family trusts. finally, one of the big bowl games this weekend is the annual wing bowl in philadelphia. thousands of fans, thousands watched john "super" squibb eat take home his third-straight title. eating a record of 255 wings in half an hour. he knocked off the five-time champ by one wing. and he consumed, we have here, imagine this. 45,000 calories, 2,500 grams of fat. this is in 30 minutes. >> wow. >> and if he survives, he gets to enjoy the first prize, which is $20,000 and a pickup truck. >> a pickup truck. are these boneless wings? it seems hard to eat that amount of wings.
>> yeah. i would think so. even if they're boneless, a half an hour? 255? that's a consumer. >> ron claiborne, thank you very much for that informative piece of news. we appreciate it. jackie meretsky with the weather now. how are you? good morning. >> that was some serious journalism. let's take a look at what's happening in the lone star state. as airlines work to get fans back into the dallas area, this is what we're looking at. it's nice to see a break in the precipitation. it is chilly, though. certainly, much colder than what folks in the lone star state are used to this time of year. so, you're just waking up to 21 degrees in austin. even colder in el paso. this is where our big southern storm system is now, in the ohio valley. you're looking at the heaviest snowfall accumulations in the interior northeast, as well as in portions of indiana and illinois. indianapolis, you could get two to four inches of snow. it's going to be rain for washington, d.c., as well as new york city. it's simply too mild to get any
snowfall accumulations along the coast of the northeast. and we're looking at this storm system moving into northern new england, with heavy snow for you on sunday. dan, back to you. >> thank you. i think we only have about two months left of winter. think about this. it was actually exactly four weeks ago today that the congresswoman gabby giffords was shot in the head in that rampage in tucson that killed six people. her recovery, as we all know, has been remarkable.
and now, her husband, the astronaut, has made a very tough decision about going back into space. and our bob woodruff is live, this morning, at the johnson space center in houston, with the story. bob, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. yeah. this has been a much faster recovery, in his mind, certainly for his wife, gabby. and he said beginning, four weeks ago, as you said, he really thought she was going to be in icu, probably months, as opposed to weeks. just two weeks going into rehabilitation. and he never thought he would go back and fly again on the shuttle mission. but now, he is. and he really thinks that she is backing him up. for four weeks, he's been the steadfast rock by gabrielle giffords' side. >> my first priority is her. she needs me to be by her side. >> reporter: but now, mark kelly resumes another mission. he hopes that she will be the one by his side. >> i have every intention that she will be there for the launch. >> reporter: kelly announced he
will fly again, the commander of "endeavour," leading five other astronauts in what could be nasa's last shuttle mission. do you think you have the okay from her to do this? >> i know her very well. and she would be very comfortable with the decision that i made. >> reporter: she is still recovering at this rehabilitation center in houston, where kelly is with her every day. he would not answer questions about her condition, except to say this. >> where she is today is better than 99% of the other people that they see with this kind of injury. >> reporter: it has been a difficult decision. he will be away from his wife for at least 14 days, leaving giffords' mother responsible for all decisions regarding her care. >> i feel very confident that i made the right decision. not only for me, but for my crew members, for my family and for my wife. >> reporter: and while he trains with nasa, she will be engaged in her own, intense routine. >> her days are filled with six hours of speech, occupational and physical therapy.
>> reporter: there is, of course, the question of just how focused kelly will be in space, while so much hangs in the balance back on earth. but nasa mission managers are convinced that he is the right man for the job. >> our job was to evaluate what was best for the mission. we're really happy that he's back and ready to start training. >> reporter: kelly will be able to keep in touch, through e-mail and the occasional phone call. we need to tell you also that his family and his friends all told mark that they agree with his decision to go ahead and fly again. he also said he does not want to give details, talk about her conditions right now, because every time he does that and she has a change, he has to answer those questions again. and now, it is time to really concentrate on flying into space again. dan? >> bob, i got to ask you. i think it was almost exactly five years ago that you were hit in iraq and suffered a traumatic brain injury. and i know during your recovery, having your wife, lee, and your four children around you, made a huge difference. you've said this. what are gabby's doctors saying about the fact that her husband will now be gone for two weeks? and whether that might impact
her recovery? >> reporter: well, the doctors -- first of all, there's no proof that having a family there on the recovery. but absolutely, it's really necessary. the doctors also say, these recoveries are very long-term. they last very long. so, the family has to share -- to pace themselves. that doesn't mean that every family member has the to stay next to the bed all the time. they have to go out. and the patient wants that to happen. >> bob, thank you. we'll be right back on "gma." - it's beautiful. - behind every open heart is a story. tell yours with my open heart collection at kay jewelers, the number one jewelry store in america. there are millions of reasons to give one, but the message is always the same: keep your heart open, and love will always find its way in. - i love you. - i love you too.
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♪ dan gets what he wants. he said he would not come back for the second half of this show, unless we showed this video, right here. it is the dallas -- >> i'm covering my eyes. i'm covering my eyes. >> yes, bianca, he's covering his eyes. he's turning away. this is the 1st time in 40 years you're not going to see any cheerleaders at a super bowl. >> i know. so, i'm not watching. by the way, this is dallas, like, cheerleader country. the dallas cowboy cheerleaders are famous. as i said earlier, they invented the pom-pom here. and it just so happens that the packers and steelers are two of six teams that don't have cheerleaders. so, a lot of people are saying this is a bitter of a culture
clash, culture shock, for dallas. >> when the cowboys aren't playing, the cheerleaders don't come out. guess we'll have a cheerleader-less super bowl tomorrow. good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. it's february 5th. >> and i'm dan harris. it is also february 5th for me. coming up, we're going to look forward to super bowl sunday, with just one day to go. we're going to be live in dallas, with a look at the future of football. this is a very serious and kind of disturbing story about football. some of the biggest names in the sport are speaking out in favor of some changes that they say need to be made in the name of safety. we'll have that story in just a minute. plus, one of our favorite things every week. a look at your lives through the lenses of your video cameras. "your week in three words" is coming up later, with music from vampire weekend. we begin with a controversy surrounding a new movie about amanda knox, the american college student convicted of murder in italy. it's set to air later this month on lifetime. but it's drawing scathing attacks from knox's family and the family of the murder victim. jeremy hubbard is here. good morning, jeremy. >> reporter: good morning,
bianna. right now, the knox family is trying to block the film from airing in italy as they file the complaint. they worry the movie could jeopardize her murder conviction appeal. both families are appalled the movie was made in the first place. >> amanda knox, you're being tried for murder. >> we suspect it started as some sort of sex game. >> it's not true. >> reporter: this short trailer posted on the lifetime website is all anyone has seen of the made-for-tv movie. but attorneys for amanda knox have seen enough. >> the production of this movie compounds this awful tragedy. is wholly insensitive and in complete and shameful disregard to those families that are most and truly affected. >> reporter: absolutely horrific is how john kercher describes it. the film shows a re-enactment of the violent night his daughter, meredith, died. >> for the kercher family, it's just an unpleasant reminder. which i respect. so, there's nothing i can do,
except doing it lovingly and not have unnecessary violence or exploitation. >> reporter: the script is based on court documents, a 400-page report from the judge, and media accounts. the families were not consulted, according to amanda knox's mother, in this interview last fall. >> these people don't know us, never talked to us. so, how can somebody play you when they've never met you or don't know you? it's bizarre. it's surreal. >> reporter: in the film, hayden panettiere plays amanda knox. she told aptv, her hope was that the family wouldn't be upset. >> it's a very controversial topic. and it can very much go both ways. but the way the script's written is really good. and i don't think people are going to have a problem with it. it's pretty fact-driven. and ends right when she gets convicted. >> reporter: it isn't the first celebrity treatment for this high-profile story. several books have already been written about that night, back in 2007, when prosecutors say a
violent, drug-fueled sex game between knox, kercher and two men ended in the 21-year-old british student's death. knox was found guilty of fatally stabbing kercher. she's appealing her 26-year prison sentence. >> this movie may, in fact, violate the most fundamental principles of the italian constitution. that is, the presumption of innocence and amanda knox's right to a fair trial. >> reporter: the attorneys are obviously worried about jeopardizing the appeal because they feel the appeal is turning a corner in amanda knox's favor. the appeal is being heard in an italian court. dna evidence has been scrutinized. her attorneys call this a victory. and this movie is the last thing they want to deal with. we did reach out to lifetime for a comment. they said no comment. >> jeremy, thank you for the update. turning back to ron claiborne, now, with the other headlines. >> good morning, again. good morning, everyone. in the news, the american diplomat charged with murder in pakistan could soon be released. pakistani officials say a court is reviewing documents said to prove that raymond davis had diplomatic immunity. u.s. officials say he acted in
self-defense in killing two armed men late last month. and the losses of this week's snowstorm are estimated to be $1.4 billion. the damage, not covered by insurance may push the total cost much higher. in australia, devastating floodwaters are still rising, as heavy rain from a downgraded cyclone falls over melbourne. in some places, more than seven inches of rain fell in just a few hours. and verizon said it had record sales its first day of taking preorders for the new iphone with its service on it. it sold more iphones between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on thursday, than any other phone ever sold on a single full day. that's a quick look at the headlines. time for the weather and jackie meretsky. >> thanks very much, ron. our big, southern storm brought half a foot of snow from texas all the way to tennessee. look at what happened in shreveport, louisiana. four inches of snow fell. and this part of northern louisiana was turned into a virtual uphill skating rink with snowplows out.
and really difficult driving conditions. as dan mentioned earlier, they're not used to it down in the south. where is the big system? it's heading into the ohio valley. we have chilly temperatures, by typical lone star state standards, down in texas. this weather report has been brought to you by the chrysler town and country. dan and bianna, back to you. >> thank you. coming up on "good morning america," football's future. with the super bowl coming up, we'll tell you why some gridiron greats are raising questions about the game. >> big questions. plus, how was your week? we're going to check in with you in our segment we call "your week in three words." stick around for that. vampire weekend, providing the soundtrack.
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the green bay packers and pittsburgh steelers will do battle in super bowl xlv tomorrow, in dallas. but on the eve of the big game, some big names in the sport are raising some serious safety concerns, saying the action on the field is taking a really big toll off the field. josh elliott has got more on the story. good morning. >> reporter: dan, good morning to you. and, yes, of course, the nfl is ready to, once again, take its place as the undisputed king of the american sports landscape. the game, tomorrow between the packers and the steelers, figures to produce some $200 million in revenue. it will be, by far, the most-watched sporting event of the year. and certainly, the most-watched television program of any kind, by far. and yet, with every potentially deadly hit suffered by those players on the field, and new research linking those injuries they suffer to chronic and life-threatening maladies. some, now, are wonder if
football can survive its very essence. every autumn sunday, football's bone-shattering hits unhinge nfl players, across the country. violently scrambling their senses, to often devastating effect. >> he was drilled. >> reporter: and statistics today show those hits and the concussions that follow, can last a lifetime. with nfl players, up to 19-times more likely than the average person to receive a dementia-related diagnosis. merril hoge was an nfl running back for eight seasons. now, an espn analyst, hoge suffered four concussions of his own. >> my trainer came in and said, we'd like to do this cognitive test with you in the off-season. i'm like, john, i'm not going to take the test. he's like, well, it would help us if you get a concussion. i'm like, john, i wear a helmet. that was my knowledge of head trauma. >> reporter: in recent years, the nfl and major college governing bodies have tightened standards for concussion
treatment. but such practices remain inconsistent and underfunded at the youth and high school levels of the sport. a fact not lost on troy aikman, the former cowboys' quarterback, whose career was cut short by concussions, who surprised many, when he said the following, during a recent radio interview. >> you know, if i had a 10-year-old boy, i don't think i'd be encouraging him to go out and play football. and so, i wonder where football will be 20 years from now, in light of some of our youth that may not get involved with the sport because of that injury. >> reporter: ted and tammy plevertes agree. >> i just couldn't or did not ever think, to be honest with you, that this would ever happen from football. >> reporter: on november 5th, 2005, their son preston, a then-19-year-old, 6'2", 230-pound linebacker at lasalle university, was dropped by a thunderous collision, during a game at duquesne. he never got up. preston plevertes was cleared to
play while still suffering the effects of a previous concussion. returning just five days before the hit that would change his life. >> i couldn't believe it. i was saying i started to cry. >> reporter: emergency surgery saved preston's life, or what remained of it. today, his existence is testimony to the difficulties of treating brain trauma. among the most vulnerable, the country's youth. between 43,000 and 67,000 high school football players will suffer a concussion in any given year. but those are just the concussions that are reported. however, at least 50% of concussions are suspected of going unreported by young athletes. >> it's dangerous. this is your brain we're talking about. if i had a concussion from football playing, i would wait 50 years to go back in. >> reporter: preston, let me ask you a question. are you going to play again? >> hell no. >> reporter: while merril hoge believes there will always be an nfl, he fears for the youngsters
who would fill its rosters two decades from now. >> once we start learning how to teach young kids and correct the national football league of using the helmet to violently attack, we're going to make the game safer. >> reporter: look at you. and what happened to you? >> if you don't, right. >> reporter: and what happened to preston plevertes was second-impact syndrome. it's something all the experts want to make clear. it's when young athletes are put back on the field while still suffering the effects of the previous concussion, especially athletes under the age of 23, are dramatically more likely to suffer a potentially devastating injury, dan. >> josh, just an incredibly eye-opening report. as you said at the beginning, it really rises some existential questions about the sport. stick around, if you don't mind. i know it's cold outside. we want to come back to you at the end of the show, to talk about this cheerleader issue, which is obviously much lighter. thank you for that report. we'll see you in a bit. i want to remind our viewers to
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espn's josh elliott is covering the super bowl. i don't want to name any names. but his initials are ron claiborne. and he wants to know, why no cheerleaders this year? what's going on? >> they're two of the six teams that don't have cheerleaders playing here. the packers got rid of theirs in 1988. the steelers, back in 1970. interesting, the irony being that we're in the ancestral home of the nfl cheerleader. >> that's right. no cheerleaders this year. josh, thanks for reporting. and thanks, everybody, for watching. [ alarm clock buzzing, indistinct conversations ]
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