Brett Favre Says Kids Under 14 Shouldn’t Play Tackle Football

Brett Favre Says Kids Under 14 Shouldn't Play Tackle Football

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  • Brett Favre doesn’t believe that kids under the age of 14-years-old should play tackle football.
  • The Pro Football Hall of Famer thinks young teenagers should be playing flag football.
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CTE. Ever heard of it? Of course you have, it’s been one of the most talked-about subjects in the sports world for years now. The reality is, we still don’t know all that much about CTE outside of the fact that continuous blows to the head are not a good thing. Brett Favre agrees with that statement.

Favre, who held a streak of 297 consecutive starts during his Hall of Fame career, is warning parents around the world about the dangers of football. The 51-year-old appeared in a public service announcement with the Concussion Legacy Foundation urging parents not to let their children play tackle football before turning 14-years-old.

“Having kids play before high school is just not worth the risk,” Favre said in a statement. “CTE is a terrible disease, and we need to do everything we can to prevent it for the next generation of football players.”

The public service announcement begins with a young kid sitting down with his parents warning them of the dangers of football. It then transitions to a teenage boy before Favre is seen on camera urging parents to keep their kids away from tackle football until the time is right.

According to a 2019 Brain Bank study, the odds of developing CTE can increase by 30% per year of tackle football played. This means the younger a kid begins playing tackle football, the odds of them developing CTE are much, much higher than someone starting to play the sport later in life.

Favre joined ‘The Today Show’ on Tuesday and explained that he has no idea just how many concussions he suffered throughout his playing career.

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