Illinois House to Debate Bill Banning Tackle Football Under Age 12

The Dave Duerson Act, a bill to ban tackle football for children under the age of 12, passed through committee and will be up for full debate.   
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An Illinois bill to ban organized tackle football for children under the age of 12 has passed through committee and will head to the state's House for a full debate. 

The bill is known as the Dave Duerson Act, named after the two-time Super Bowl winner who took his own life in 2011 and requested that his brain be examined. 

The bill passed by an 11-9 vote. 

Per ESPN, three other states have proposed banning tackle football for youths younger than a certain age—New York, California and Maryland. 

Researchers believe that limiting the number of years someone plays tackle football will decrease his risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that is caused by repeated hits to the head.