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The Uncertain Future Of Youth Football

Sep 26, 2018
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For many people, the return of fall is marked with crashing shoulder pads and Friday night lights. Football season is back. But in Illinois, there is something else in the air this year.

new plan in Illinois aims to end youth tackle football programs with the goal of preventing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease of the brain caused by repetitive brain trauma.

The bill bears the name of Dave Duerson, a 1985 Chicago Bear who killed himself. Doing so by shooting himself in the chest in order to preserve his brain for research.