A Ban on Football?

February 13, 2013 Updated Feb 13, 2013 at 9:58 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 13, 2013 Updated Feb 13, 2013 at 9:58 AM EDT

A state assemblyman has drafted a new proposal that aims to eliminate the game of football for children.

State assemblyman Michael Benedetto wants to ban children 10-years-old or younger from playing.

Participation in youth-focused football has almost doubled in recent years, and kids as young and 5-years-old are allowed to tackle.

The focus on concussions in football has risen in recent years because of lawsuits faced by the NFL from former players suffering long-term effects of head injuries.

Benedetto's proposal is causing a lot of debate amongst lawmakers and concerned parents.