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  • Petitioned Office of the Governor,PO Box 0001,Trenton <NJ 08625

This petition was delivered to:

Governor Mr. Chris Christie
Office of the Governor,PO Box 0001,Trenton <NJ 08625


    1. Christine Vitiello
    2. Petition by

      Christine Vitiello

      saddle brook, NJ

My son Tyler Vitiello senior team captain , running back for the Saddle Brook Falcons was severely injured on 11/5/11 from a helmet to helmet collision.He was being recruited from over 30 Universities and Colleges for football scholarships. All have been lost, the schools once chasing after him have faded away into a memory. As a result of the impact Tyler received a severely broken neck, and a severe spinal cord injury paralyzing him instantly on the football field from the neck down. Tyler endured a ten hour surgery to save his life. He has rods, plates and screws supporting his unstable spine. He has been moved to Kessler Rehabilitation in West Orange , Nj to fight every single day for his life back. His journey has not been easy, he has endured sever pain and suffering that I have ever seen . He never gave up hope and he fought every single day to regain his mobility. Tyler was wearing a 14 year old football helmet. It was manufactured in 1997 and the warrantee expired in 2003. This helmet should not have been on my child. I want to have legislation written in the state of NJ and hopefully throughout the entire United States to protect our children from catastrophic injuries such as my own child has gone through.The new helmets have far better protection to absorb the impact of such type of hits as my child endured. The technology far exceeds in the newer helmets what my son was wearing. Companies try to cut corners as well as school districts to save money by having these horribly outdated helmets refurbished, instead of replacing such old helmets. The refurbishing is done from the manufacurers not a third party without financial interest in the process.THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. We can do better than this. The company who manufactured my sons helmet has been convicted of fraud in my state of nj. for paying off school districts and coaches, to not refurbish the helemts and save money..THEY HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF THIS IN THE PAST>  how they can they be trusted in the future.. WE MUST PASS A LAW TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN>Parents should be able to let their kids play football confident that the equipment they're using has been created with the best science and technology for protection of injury.Tyler's life has been changed forever. He suffers from so many things from his spinal cord injury. The list is too vast to put on this page. You can help me protect our children by please signing this petition to save a child. Each child should be wearing the most protective up to date gear as possible especially football players . please visit my sons site: www.tylerstaystrong34.com and you can read about our miracle Tyler. I almost lost my child forever that awful day back in November, lets work together to help protect anyone from going through what my poor son has to endure for the rest of his life . Thank you for caring

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Brain Injury Lawsuit Against High School Football Helmet

      Christine Vitiello
      Petition Organizer

      Brain Injury Lawsuit Against High School Football Helmet Maker Settles
      Date: October 27, 2011By: Atlanta Brain Injury Attorneys

      Shortly after a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stating that the number of children suffering serious head injuries has jumped 62 percent over the last 10 years, there is more news on the student-athlete brain injury front. According to Alabama Live, Timothy Robinson, the Alabama high school football player who suffered a traumatic brain injury making a tackle in 2009, has reached a settlement with the manufacturer of the helmet he was wearing. Robinson was wearing a Schutt helmet when he made a seemingly innocent tackle but suffered a brain injury that required immediate surgery, put him in a coma for weeks, and permanently confined him to a wheelchair.
      Robinson is not the only student-athlete to reach a settlement wi

    3. shutt helmet company convicted of fraud, for not properly refurbishing

      Christine Vitiello
      Petition Organizer


      Home \ N.J. High School Reaches Settlement In Brain-Injury Football Death
      The parents of a Cliffside Park, N.J., high school football player — who died after sustaining a traumatic brain injury — have come to a $125,000 settlement with the local school district, according to The Record of Bergen County.


      The settlement marked the culmination of a lawsuit stemming from the August 2008 death of Douglas Morales, 17, who was hospitalized after an incident during practice, went into a coma and then passed away four days later, The Record reported.

      Morales collapsed on the field during a practice, the suit alleged, after he made helmet-to-helmet contact with his drill partner. Morales’ family had an expert who found that Morales had sustained repeated head trauma several days before he went down on the field, according to The Record.

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. please read this article ...

      Christine Vitiello
      Petition Organizer


    6. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Erin N. ANYTOWN, MO
      • 9 months ago

      Safety first. Always.

      • 11 months ago

      It is important to take brain injuries seriously and keep up with new developments in safety equipment for sports.

    • Kimberly Henderson MANCHESTER, PA
      • 11 months ago

      I have a 5yr old son who will start the midget football next season and a 19yr old stepson who played since he was 5 or so and 3 of his high school years. I've seen alot of injuries... people don't realize how hard these kids go at it. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

    • Tim Bradshaw, MSW CHAPEL HILL, NC
      • 11 months ago

      This petition is very important to me because as a youth I suffered from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) both on and off the football fields. It is very important that our Nation start giving attention to safety of all its peoples.

      Tim Bradshaw, MSW

    • Samantha Harmon WASHINGTON, DC
      • 11 months ago

      protect our young players!


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