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Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson, who spent 13 seasons as one of the NFL’s most dominating forces, will not allow his grandson to play football over concerns about long-term brain injuries.  

“I’ve sort of made the decision, as the dictator of my family, that my grandson was not going to play football,” Carson said May 4, per Nathaniel Vinton of the New York Daily News. “He understands where I’m coming from. He’s not going to be playing football. I get him involved with other sports.”

Carson, 62, was speaking in Albany, New York, to a group of state lawmakers. He has had post-concussion syndrome for a long time and has become an advocate for brain health since the end of his playing career. He was speaking to lawmakers in support of a bill that would ban tackle football for children 13 years of age or younger. 

“I think that parents should think long and hard about what they’re signing their kids up for,” Carson said. “There is definitely a correlation between head trauma and problems down the line, whether it’s in older adults with dementia or young people with post-concussion syndrome. It affects their quality of life.”

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