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Chicago Area Lawmaker Seeks to End Tackle Football for Kids Under 12

A Chicago area lawmaker is calling for a radical change in football "feeder programs". State Represenative Carol Sente of Vernon Hills is promoting legislation banning tackle football for children younger than 12 years old. She didn't take the decision to pursue such legislation lightly.



The law would be named after Dave Duerson, a defensive back on the Chicago Bears' 1985 championship team who took his own life after suffering from CTE, a degenerative disease that has been linked to repeated head trauma. Duerson's teammate, Otis Wilson, is among those supporting the legislation.

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