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NY lawmaker seeks to ban youth tackle football

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The Texas Youth Football Association is one of the elite leagues in America. The players are eight and nine years old. The league is featured in Esquire Network's new show "Friday Night Tykes."

A proposed bill out of New York is trying to ban tackle football for all kids 14 and younger.

Supporters say it could potentially prevent children, with still developing brains, from suffering concussions.

Corena Salazar has two boys who play contact football, eight-year-old Adan and 12 year-old Noel.

"I didn't want him to get hurt, but he wanted to do it," said Corena.

After Noel broke his arm falling off a slide at a friend's house, Corena pretty much made up her mind.

Corena said, "At least with the sports, I felt like the coaches were gonna teach them how to play properly, you know, he was gonna at least have gear on."

"When I played, we didn't have the type of helmets they have now. Our helmets were just a shell and we turned out fine," said Jeff Blake, a former NFL quarterback.

Blake started playing the game at eight years old. He says it's better for kids to start playing early.

"If you're 14 and you've never played before, when that kid that's been playing for four or five years, hit you and hits you good, you probably won't want to play anymore anyway," said Blake.

He operates Jeff Blake Elite Training Sessions, with kids training as young as seven.

"The impact is not as hard," said Blake. "I had an opportunity to coach pop warner football about two years ago, and it was more of just running into each other and pulling each other down."

Still, the show gives a different impression.

As for the ban...

"That would never happen in the state of Texas. California, Texas and Florida, that will never happen," added Blake.

If youth contact football gets tackled upstate, it will just make the recruiting that much better in Texas.

In case you're wondering those teams featured in "Friday Night Tykes" are from San Antonio.

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