NFL All of Famer's urge no tackle for kids under 14.

January 24, 2018

Hall of Fame former NFL players Nick Buoniconti and Harry Carson were joined by four time Pro Bowler Phil Villapiano and researchers from Boston University yesterday (1/18/18) to urge that kids not play tackle football until age 14. They're working with the Concussion Legacy Foundation to support the new parent education initative, called Flag Football Under 14. The 77-year-old Buoniconti, who's been diagnosed with dementia and probable chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the neurodegenerative disease that's been linked to repeated concussions, said "I made the mistake of starting tackle football at nine years old. Now, CTE has taken my life away. Youth tackle football is all risk with no reward." The Boston University researchers advocate for no tackle football before age 14 because children's bodies, particularly their necks and upper bodies, aren't strong enough to counteract the head bobbing and shaking of the brain that takes place during tackles.

Source: CNN