Brett Favre Campaigning to End Youth Tackle Football
He wants legislation preventing anyone under the age of 12 from playing tackle football.
Since he thinks it will take someone who has “poured his blood, sweat and tears” into football to put a stop to youth tackle football in America, Brett Favre thinks he’s the perfect man for the job.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, the retired NFL quarterback said he is making it his mission to get legislation passed preventing anyone under the age of 12 from playing tackle football.
Favre, who started 321 consecutive games, was notorious for playing through injury, but he said his perspective has changed in retirement after learning more about concussions and CTE.
“I cringe. I see these little kids get tackled and the helmet is bigger than everything else on the kid combined,” he said. “They look like they’re going to break in half. The state level is a start, but we have to adopt this plan and all do it together. The body, the brain, the skull is not developed in your teens and single digits.”
As of now, Illinois has a law on the books named after a Bears safety who killed himself and was posthumously diagnosed with CTE, the Dave Duerson Act to Prevent CTE, which would prohibit anyone under 12 from playing tackle football.
Favre is in support of that act and also said he would discourage his grandson from football.
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