September 23, 2013

Regarding George F. Will’s Sept. 19 op-ed column, “Out of bounds”:

What Mr. Will and other busybody do-gooders call violence is, as every football player and fan knows, blocking and tackling. It’s been a part of the game for more than 100 years, and now all of a sudden it’s a “crisis” because of concussions. And other athletes don’t get them?

As to fans going to the game to see this “violence,” Mr. Will is wrong. We go to see a great block allow a running back to scoot 80 yards down the field for a touchdown, or a defensive lineman to reach the backfield and sack a quarterback.

If Mr. Will would study football the way he does baseball (talk about violence: someone trying to throw a five-ounce object at 90-plus mph past another person wearing minimal protective gear), he would find that the game is one of finesse, in which 11 players must act as one. Mr. Will should stick to politics.

David Williams, Lexington, Okla.