Brett Favre seeks to end youth tackle football

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Brett Favre is remembered for his Hall of Fame football career, but if he has his way, he’ll also be known as much for ending youth tackle football in America. The former NFL MVP has become the face of the movement.

“I think it’s going to take someone who has poured his blood, sweat and tears into it,” Favre told Alex Raskin of the Daily Mail.

Favre supports a proposed Illinois bill that would make it illegal for kids under 12 to play tackle football. The Dave Duerson Act to Prevent CTE does not have enough support to pass, per Raskin.

But Favre wants federal legislation.

“The state level is a start, but we have to adopt this plan and all do it together,” he said. “The body, the brain, the skull is not developed in your teens and single digits. I cringe. I see these little kids get tackled, and the helmet is bigger than everything else on the kid combined. They look like they’re going to break in half.”

President Donald Trump did not help Favre’s cause in September when he claimed the NFL’s new rules aimed at decreasing the number of concussions are “ruining the game.”

Favre respectfully disagrees.

“The President can say what he wants,” Favre said. “It is a serious issue, and it needs to be dealt with.”

Favre openly has talked about his concerns about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after taking the number of hits he took in a 20-year, 302-game NFL career. He has said he was diagnosed with “three or four” concussions during his career but guesses he had “probably thousands.”

54 responses to “Brett Favre seeks to end youth tackle football

  1. Not something the federal government should be a part of. This is a local and state government thing. Don’t decide things for everyone, let them decide.

  2. So, Brett wants to make it illegal for all kids under 12 to be…kids? Is he also going to work to prevent youth soccer, lacrosse, baseball, bike riding, tree climbing, etc because all of them could also lead to brain trauma?

    Great, so he’s actually pushing for a federal law that will keep kids under 12 inside and playing Fortnight. Way to go…

  3. I only played up to 11th grade and I had maybe 4 concussions.. maybe it was 5. I don’t remember.

  4. Good on you Brett. Makes a ton of sense since we know a lot more now than we used to. I think if we really want to protect the game of football, its going to have to change. I’ll be supportive of anything that aids the game for the future.

  5. If he is doing this out of personal belief and not as a paid adviser, I commend him. Unfortunately, his questionable product endorsements do not help his credibility here. Curious to see how this one develops.

  6. Are 12-year olds permitted to box (of course not). Dangerous sports should be off-limits until the body and brain have grown up.

  7. I hope they mean it would be illegal to have organized little leagues. As it reads now, cops would be giving tickets to kids playing tackle football in open lots which isn’t the problem. Full pads on kids in varying degrees of mental and physical development is the issue.

  8. My wife told me repeatedly when she was pregnant that if we had a son, he would not be allowed to play football. I disagreed, mainly because my wife is 6’2″ tall and would birth me a great quarterback.

    Alas, we had a daughter, so the point is moot.

    Also, I wouldn’t let my son play tackle until at least his freshman year of high school.

  9. Favre has a point. It’s about quality of life and being protective of brain injury at a young age. 8 through 12 are important brain development years. Why take that chance.

  10. Favre has already made his money off football and secured the future of his family for generations. He couldn’t care less about ruining the game now with all the rule changes.

  11. Daniel M. Petersen says:
    June 20, 2018 at 5:23 pm
    Good on you Brett. Makes a ton of sense since we know a lot more now than we used to. I think if we really want to protect the game of football, its going to have to change. I’ll be supportive of anything that aids the game for the future.

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    It doesn’t protect the game, it actually make it more likely that the youth will play something else and the country goes to another sport entirely. In the end it doesn’t matter because that is what is going to happen to football anyways.

  12. It sounds good….but are we honestly hearing about a rash of youth football injuries? Have we ever?

    The answer is No. And the reason (according to the experts I’ve read) is that kids that age aren’t big enough, strong enough or fast enough to inflict the injuries we’re all concerned about.

    The science is really quit clear. The concussion issues don’t arise until the force is great enough to cause them. Which happens a good 5-7 years after 12 years old.

    This sounds and feels good….but kids under 12 aren’t experiencing these injuries anyways.

  13. I like the Uncle Rico’s telling the guy who has payed more football than every person on this forum combined as well as more than any single person ever that he’s ruining the game and should leave it as the sport that they remember sitting on the couch watching as kids.

    Besides, there are a lot of things we don’t let kids do that we’re fine with as adults. They don’t gain anything that improves their football abilities by playing tackle football until high school that they can’t gain by playing flag.

  14. The history books will look back at us like we are freaks. I used to tote the rock as a power back 20+ times a game. Slamming it between the tackles. It took 3 or 4 kids to bring me down every play. Started lifting weights in 4th grade and absolutely destroyed everyone until puberty hit and kids caught up around 8th or 9th grade. The glory years of real football.

    If I ever have kids and there isn’t any tackling, we will be signing up for MMA.

  15. I guess kids then won’t be allowed to play soccer either, since that causes concussions, mid-life dementia and CTE.

    We don’t need a law banning kids from playing a game. You dont want your kid to play…dont sign ’em up.

  16. Probably best to have your children wait until high school…so you don’t have the dad down the street “that would have gotten a full ride then gone pro” only if it wasn’t for his high school coach teaching your kid poor fundamentals and technique.

  17. BuckyBadger says:
    June 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm
    Not something the federal government should be a part of. This is a local and state government thing. Don’t decide things for everyone, let them decide.
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    You are exactly right.

  18. People on here talking about history don’t really seem to know any.
    Theodore Roosevelt threatened to ban college football if changes weren’t made because people were being killed on the field.
    Football is at a similar point in it’s evolution right now.

  19. In the NFL, players really only seem concerned with blowing each other up. Seen plenty of injuries caused by reckless play…sometimes intentional. We’ve also seen the Refs look the other way

  20. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 20, 2018 at 7:33 pm
    BuckyBadger says:
    June 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm
    Not something the federal government should be a part of. This is a local and state government thing. Don’t decide things for everyone, let them decide.
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    You are exactly right.
    _____________________

    Says the same people who are demanding that the feds preempt state control of sports betting in order to prevent “immorality”. Can’t be letting individuals make their own decisions about how to spend their own money.

  21. I’m a Bears fan that had loved Favre not that that has anything to do with this comment. He does not understand what the role of the Federal government is supposed to be. Much like most Americans.

  22. cardinealsfan20 says:
    June 20, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 20, 2018 at 7:33 pm
    BuckyBadger says:
    June 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm
    Not something the federal government should be a part of. This is a local and state government thing. Don’t decide things for everyone, let them decide.
    ———————————

    You are exactly right.
    _____________________

    Says the same people who are demanding that the feds preempt state control of sports betting in order to prevent “immorality”. Can’t be letting individuals make their own decisions about how to spend their own money.
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    I agree with BuckyBadger on this topic. I also think the feds should stay the heck out of the gambling issue. Anything the feds get involved in goes straight to crap.

    Don’t paint everyone on one topic with the same brush because of some unrelated topic.

  23. This was all predicated by last season’s NFC Championship Game. Brett watched it, and he came away thinking “if the Vikings don’t tackle, why should 12-year olds?”

  24. I cant believe so many people want the government to make this decision.

    I didn’t let my son play football. I was worried about knee and back injuries. All the people walking around in their 40’s talking about their old high school football injury acting up (when it rains or whatever)

    But, the kid across the street plays. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

    The parents should decide. I don’t even see it as a state or local government issue. Its a mom and dad and son issue.

  25. This is absolutely ridiculous. So CTE doesn’t happen after 12? Neither does major injury? And kids aren’t still kids after 12?

  26. Show me the rash of concussions from kids who played football up until 12 and then stopped…there isn’t any because kids that young don’t hit hard enough to get serious brain injuries…you want to legislate football by age? Let them play until 12 and then ban it. That is when they can get hurt.

  27. willycents – “Don’t paint everyone on one topic with the same brush because of some unrelated topic”.

    It is amazingly easy to diagnose the opinions of the alt-right, Evangelical crowd on any issue. You people who support separating children from their parents will, of course, have no problem with other children suffering concussions in youth football. Got to make those children “tough”.

  28. crownofthehelmet says:
    June 20, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    What a coincidence, his old team’s D is also against tackling.
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    Listen, I realize that the Vikings made a pretty poor showing defensively against the Eagles, but that’s no real reason to make fun of them.

    Also, I notice you’re a little bit salty for a Steelers fan.
    It’s almost like you’ve been harboring some sort of deep seeded anger and resentment over the last seven or eight years. 😉

  29. Brett Favre should do some real good and seek to keep kids under 12 from eating cheese. Aaron Rodgers will join him. He knows how bad cheese is for the body and gave it up years ago.

  30. cardinealsfan20 says:
    June 20, 2018 at 8:56 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 20, 2018 at 7:33 pm
    BuckyBadger says:
    June 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm
    Not something the federal government should be a part of. This is a local and state government thing. Don’t decide things for everyone, let them decide.
    ———————————

    You are exactly right.
    _____________________

    Says the same people who are demanding that the feds preempt state control of sports betting in order to prevent “immorality”. Can’t be letting individuals make their own decisions about how to spend their own money.
    ——————————————

    I’ve never said anything about gambling and I could care less. People can blow all the money they make for all I care.
    I am disappointed though that the federal government takes my tax money for public schools that produce people that don’t know how to spell Cardinal.

  31. crownofthehelmet said:
    June 20, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    What a coincidence, his old team’s D is also against tackling.

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    That was very evident in the 2017 NFCC game!

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