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Letter: Football insanity
September 06, 2013, 05:00 AM Letter

Editor,

I just read something in your paper (“Severe NFL injuries rose every season from 2009-12” in the Aug. 1 edition of the Daily Journal) which seems to support a logical argument for encouraging immigration to the United States. An Associated Press article reports that the NFL has agreed to settle lawsuits from thousands of former players by paying them $765 million. The players claim they suffered debilitating head injuries, for which the NFL should be responsible.

So, highly paid people who didn’t realize they would hurt their heads while playing football are being compensated for not knowing that? I wonder what they thought the helmets were for?

True, American football isn’t my sport. I grew up playing rugby in South Africa. Rugby is rough, and head injuries do occur of course, but there are no helmets, and the rules prohibit player on player contact if neither holds the ball. So, people play it as athletes instead of as gladiators.

If good American football players and their fans think head injuries can be avoided while playing football, perhaps we need to improve our gene pool by inviting people over here who are smart enough to realize that they can’t. Alternatively, we can remove all warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

Desmond Tuck

San Mateo

 

 

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