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Letter: Leave youth tackle football alone

To the Editor:

I am writing to get my opinion on the ridiculous bill to ban youth tackle football until the age of 12.

Did you ever see the movie “Footloose” where they ban dancing in their town?

That’s going to be Illinois if we don’t do something!

Where do I start? First off, it is ridiculous to think a 6-, 7-, or 8-year-old could hit hard enough to cause a concussion. Plus, my son, who is playing football in college on a scholarship, was taught at a very young age to tackle low.

They are low to the ground and with the helmets these days? I don’t think so!

I would much rather have my children taught how to hit and be hit early on, rather than them starting to play at 12 not knowing what they are in store for, if they even want to play at all at that age.

By that time, they are expert marksmen at “Call of Duty!”

And let’s talk about football scholarships. Do you think any recruiters will even look at kids from Illinois if we didn’t teach them fundamentals of tackle football?

Not a chance! It’s hard enough as it is to get them to look at them at all!

These kids need to learn football at a young age. How to tackle and be tackled in full uniform.

Wouldn’t you want your kids out there with their friends playing football the way they are taught and not how they think it’s supposed to be played?

I know I would.

It is my decision how to raise my kids, not the state of Illinois.

Denise Hornbeck 


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