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Steelers star Antonio Brown takes entire high school football team to 'Concussion'

In hopes of educating teens about the dangers of football, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown took the Clairton (Pa.) football team to see “Concussion,” the recently released movie starring Will Smith as the doctor who linked repetitive head trauma with a degenerative brain disease in former NFL players.

“These high school kids, they’ve got to be aware of their future,” Brown told WPIX-TV after the screening last week, “and to raise some awareness and some positivity to come out and to spend some time in the community is always a pleasure.”

Brown and the Bears met on Tuesday at AMC Loews Waterfront Theater in Homestead, Pa., where they watched the film about Dr. Bennet Omalu, who is credited with the discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy when performing an autopsy on former Steelers center Mike Webster in 2002.

Clairton senior wide receiver Aaron Mathews, who is currently weighing offers from Penn State and West Virginia, among other FBS suitors, described the film as a wakeup call. “I definitely wouldn’t want to have any of those crazy injuries that I saw in that movie,” he told the local television news station.

Likewise, Clairton coach Wayne Wade, who took over a Bears team that has won five state titles in the past eight years, admitted to having “mixed emotions” after watching the movie.

“It was a great movie,” he added. “There were a lot of messages in the movie, and I think a lot of people will get a lot from it.”

Wade and Brown’s father Eddie both played in the Arena Football League during the late 1990s.

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