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Football's future appears in doubt

In this photo provided by USA Football, youth football teams in Solon, Ohio, play Rookie Tackle, a small-sided version of the sport piloted by USA Football in 2017.
In this photo provided by USA Football, youth football teams in Solon, Ohio, play Rookie Tackle, a small-sided version of the sport piloted by USA Football in 2017. (Joe Smithberger / Associated Press)

The proposed legislation restricting tackle football for kids may prove to be the first step in a possible domino effect that could ultimately be felt all the way up to the National Football League (“Maryland bill would bar tackle football for kids on public fields until high school,” Feb. 6). Consider the likelihood that many parents may not allow their boys to play high school football. This would mean that fewer players would be participating at the college level, and this, in turn, would hamper the pipeline that the pros depend upon.

Lacrosse and soccer are not without injury concerns, but they are not nearly as pervasive. The future looks brighter for those sports than it does for football.

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James Wetzel, Parkville

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