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How old should kids be before they play tackle football? This Iowa legend says 14

Iowa Hawkeyes legend Chuck Long has joined some of the biggest names in professional football who think boys should wait until they’re 14-years-old to play tackle football.
The movement, Flag Football Under 14, was launched by the Concussion Legacy Foundation this year as an effort to reform contact sports so that children are not exposed to repetitive brain trauma at a young age. NFL quarterback Drew Brees is on board. So is Super Bowl champ Zach Ertz.
It’s the foundation’s goal to reduce the risk of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease most commonly found in athletes