Massachusetts considering banning youth tackle football

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BOSTON (WILX) -- The state of Massachusetts is considering a plan to ban children from playing tackle football.

Parents and former NFL players rallied on Tuesday to fight the proposed ban.

The proposal would ban schools and organizations from allowing children to play tackle football until they reached eighth grade. The law would be punishable by a $2,000 fine.

The bill's sponsor says it's about protecting children.

But people rallying against the bill say despite the fears of head injuries, players are being taught to play the game safely.

"There's been a lot of progress that's happened over the past 5 to 10 years and I think we completely scrap that if we delay the development of these players," says former NFL player Terrance Turner.

If approved, Massachusetts would be the first state to ban youth from playing tackle football.