One of the most successful football coaches in Illinois high school history is weighing in on the proposed ban on tackle football for kids under 12 in Illinois. Rochester coach Derek Leonard isn't sure the legislature is the right body to deal with football safety concerns generated by head injuries and CTE.
The proposed legislation by State Representative Carol Sente is inspired by former Chicago Bear Dave Duverson who took his life after suffering the effects of CTE. Leonard says it's hard to compare the dangers of youth football and playing at the highest level.
CTE is a degenerative disease that has been linked to repeated head trauma.