Illinois Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Ban Tackle Football for Children Under 12

The check is named after Dave Duerson, a former Bears actor who committed suicide. 

Organized tackle football would be criminialized for Illinois children younger than 12 years aged underneath a check to be denounced on Thursday.

The Dave Duerson Act to Prevent CTE is named for the Chicago Bears defensive behind who was diagnosed with ongoing dire encephalopathy after he killed himself during a age of 50. Duerson shot himself in a chest so his mind could be complicated for signs of a illness that has been related to concussions or steady conduct trauma.

“When my father tragically took his possess life, he donated his mind to scholarship in hopes of being partial of a solution,” pronounced Tregg Duerson, who like his father played football during Notre Dame.

“Thanks to increasing courtesy and investigate on mind trauma, we know that partial of a resolution is to ensure immature children’s building smarts from a risks of tackle football,” Tregg Duerson pronounced in a statement, a duplicate of that was performed by The Associated Press in allege of a announcement. “This check honors my family’s hopes and my father’s bequest to strengthen destiny athletes and a destiny of football.”

State Rep. Carol Sente, a Democrat from Vernon Hills, announced a offer during a news discussion Thursday along with Chris Nowinski, a conduct of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Also approaching to attend were former Bears players Mike Adamle and Otis Wilson — a teammate of Dave Duerson’s on a 1985 championship group — and Liz Nicholson, a mother of former Cleveland Brown Gerry Sullivan, who has sued a NFL over a doing of concussions.

“We all wish kids to have fun personification football and to learn to play a diversion a right approach early on,” Sente pronounced in a statement. “But a strenuous information and absolute stories of a supporters here currently uncover a risks of personification tackle football before branch 12 usually aren’t value it.”

CTE is a degenerative illness famous to means memory loss, aroused moods and other cognitive problems in football players, members of a troops and others who have endured steady conduct trauma. It can usually be diagnosed after death. Researchers trust a astringency of a symptoms is increasing for those who began personification football during a younger age.

After years of denials, a NFL has concurred a couple between conduct blows and mind illness and concluded in 2015 to a $1 billion allotment with former players.

The Illinois check is identical to a offer in New York, and Nowinski pronounced lawmakers in during slightest one other state are operative to lift a age during that children start personification tackle football.

“I am assured we have a scholarship on a side and can make a really impressive evidence that safer football for girl will lead to healthier and some-more rewarding lives for generations to come,” Sente said.

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