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Antonio Brown took a high school football team to see ‘Concussion’ to raise CTE awareness

Concussion, the Will Smith movie that shines a light on football and CTE, will soon be on everyone's minds once it releases on Christmas Day. SB Nation's David Fucillo says it's essential viewing. On Tuesday, the Steelers' Antonio Brown showed that he believes that too, as he took Clairton High School's football team to a screening in Pittsburgh.

According to TMZ, Brown's gesture is nothing new for the team, as he once paid for their trip to a local Dave & Buster's after a season. But it seems as though Concussion struck a chord with Brown, and he wanted to show the team the more serious side of football.

Says Brown in his interview with WPIX 11:

"These high school kids, they've got to be aware of their future and to raise some awareness and some positivity to come out and to spend some time in the community is always a pleasure."

And the kids sound like they appreciate Brown letting them see the movie; "I won't hit my head as much after watching that movie," says Clairton receiver Aaron Mathews. "I definitely wouldn't want to have any of those crazy injuries that I've seen in that movie."

Concussion will not fix everything; you won't get the "nitty-gritty details" in the movie like you would in a PBS documentary. But judging from the responses of these young players and from Brown himself, it's a step in the right direction.