Brett Favre, a Hall of Fame quarterback, is begging parents not to allow their children to indulge in tackle football until they are 14.
A PSA has been shown in partnership with the Concussion Legacy Foundation that gives a strict warning. It states that the longer a kid plays tackle football, their chances of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy, CTE, increases.
New studies show that 25% of teenagers that play high school football have CTE. It studied 65 high school players. 16 had CTE, but only 1 had started playing after age 14.
Favre said that throughout his 19 season pro football career and playing in high school and college, he had many traumatic brain injuries. He said he sometimes has forgetfulness, and that might be a result of the head injuries he has endured.
The PSA encourages parents to allow younger children to play flag football, a safer choice.