NFL Legend Brett Favre Backs Bill Banning Youth Tackle Football

Brett Favre

(WPR News) – Brett Favre played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1992 until 2007. He estimates that over his 20-year NFL career he suffered thousands of concussions.

Those experiences, plus the growing science behind the danger of repeated head trauma like that in tackle football, pushed Favre to give his support to a bill in the Illinois Legislature that would ban tackle football for kids under the age of 12.

No such bill has been proposed in Wisconsin, but Wade Labecki, deputy director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, said while his organization would be “willing to collaborate” with lawmakers on such a proposal, Labecki isn’t sure “legislation is the way to go at this point in time.” He said he worries legislation could get “watered down” in the lawmaking process. CONTINUE