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Utah v Washington State

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Utah Utes wide receiver Samson Nacua (45) celebrates a touchdown as the Utah Utes host the Washington State Cougars, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday Sept. 28, 2019. At left is Utah Utes tight end Brant Kuithe (80).

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Jaylen Dixon

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University of Utah football player Jaylen Dixon in Salt Lake City on Wednesday Aug. 14, 2019.

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Salt Lake Stallions v Arizona Hotshots

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Arizona’s Jhurell Pressley (26) is brought down by a herd of stallions as the Salt Lake Stallions host the Arizona Hotshots, Alliance of American Football in Salt Lake City on Saturday Feb. 23, 2019.

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Fans as the Salt Lake Stallions host the Arizona Hotshots, Alliance of American Football in Salt Lake City on Saturday Feb. 23, 2019.

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Arizona’s Josh Huff (88) dives for the ball but comes up short as the Salt Lake Stallions host the Arizona Hotshots, Alliance of American Football in Salt Lake City on Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. At left is Salt Lake’s C.J. Smith.


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Salt Lake’s De’Mornay Pierson-El (15) runs for a touchdown as the Salt Lake Stallions host the Arizona Hotshots, Alliance of American Football in Salt Lake City on Saturday Feb. 23, 2019.


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The Official Word

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Utah Utes host the Oregon Ducks, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday Nov. 10, 2018.

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Utah v USC

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Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) smiles on the sideline with a double-digit lead as the Utah Utes host the USC Trojans, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday Oct. 20, 2018.

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Utah Utes wide receiver Jaylen Dixon (25) defended by USC Trojans cornerback Isaiah Langley (24) as the Utah Utes host the USC Trojans, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday Oct. 20, 2018.

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Looking Closely at an Activity in our Public Schools

The past two years, with so many societal changes, have brought to my mind this question: What things are normal and accepted today that won’t be in the future?

We don’t photograph the normal things. But I’m trying to stop putting my camera down when something happens that I’ve seen over and over and at the time seems superficial to what I’m covering.

I’ve been thinking about things like injuries at football games. Over the years I’ve found myself not photographing them, or just taking a photo in case it’s a big blow to the team’s season to lose a star player or something like that.

But has a bigger story been at play the entire time?

Football players get injured. It’s a normal part of life.

But I wonder how normal it will look in the future as we learn more and more about CTE. Reading League of Denial is enough to open anyone’s eyes to the dangers to the head.

But with that said, congrats to the state champs! Right?

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Assignment: Mountain Crest v. Orem

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mountain Crest’s Lepi Taukiuvea (5) and Orem’s Ben Daley (3) as Orem faces Mountain Crest in the Class 4A High School State Football Championship game in Salt Lake City, Friday November 17, 2017.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mountain Crest’s Brady Hall (1) watches the ball fall out of his hands with Orem’s William Tenney (49) standing over him as Orem faces Mountain Crest in the Class 4A High School State Football Championship game in Salt Lake City, Friday November 17, 2017.

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Assignment: University of Utah Football

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Marching Utes on the field as the University of Utah hosts Washington State, NCAA football in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 11, 2017.

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Zack Moss

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) runs the ball as the Utah Utes host the San Jose State Spartans, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday September 16, 2017.

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Utah v Oregon

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Desert Hills, football State Championship

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Payton Kelepolo

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Alta defenders shove Springville’s Payton Kelepolo out of bounds just short of the end zone, as Alta faces Springville in a 4A semifinal high school football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Friday November 11, 2016.