Deaths on college and high school football fields are a rare -- but reliable -- tragedy

Updated 12:19 PM ET, Mon October 1, 2018

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(CNN)This fall, more than a million kids, teens and young men will line up on the hash marks for another season of football. Millions more will watch, either as rabid fans or, increasingly, as concerned parents and loved ones.

It isn't just the looming threat of broken bodies or chronic brain injuries that gives people pause when it comes to the risks associated with football. Almost every year, a few young people lose their lives on the field or as an indirect result of their actions on it.