The National Football League is taking the right steps to protect its players from concussions, former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino said Thursday.
The league has been under intense scrutiny for its concussion rate and recently implemented new rules that subject teams to fines if protocol isn't followed.
"They're doing everything they can I think to make it a safer game for the guys in the NFL," the NFL Hall of Famer said in an interview with CNBC's "Power Lunch."
"The fines are huge now in the NFL if you are leading with your head and hitting with your helmet and using it as a weapon. They are trying to do the best they can."
Critics have accused the league of being slow to address the problem. Last fall, a Boston University study found 90 out of 94 deceased former NFL players had brains that showed evidence of a disease. In the 2015-2016 season, NFL data showed a 58 percent surge in reported concussions, despite cracking down on player safety and rolling out new rules to prevent injuries.
In July, the league and the Players Association announced teams will be subjected to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and the possibility of forfeiting draft picks if they don't remove players from games after they get a concussion.
Marino, who admitted he has had "a few" concussions over the years, told CNBC he believes parents have every right to be concerned about injuries to their kids.
While as time goes on, players can get injured, "if you get with the right coaches, and you teach it right, see what you hit, learn how to tackle … if you do it the right way, it's a great game."