In his recent column, Ravens cornerback Dominique Foxworth presents a thoughtful case regarding the players stance on the current NFL labor impasse, but I find his comments to be largely very offensive ("For players, safety and post-NFL life are keys," June 29). He states that the players are fighting for "a safer practice regimen, better pensions for former players, long-term health insurance, and more time and support in the pursuit of higher education and post-football careers."
First off, regarding a safer practice regimen — that is strictly in the control of the players. They are the ones who, both in practice and games, lay the hard hits on each other. A good tackle will stop a player regardless of how hard the hit is. We live in a society where the hard hits have been glorified through the likes of highlight shows on ESPN. It has gotten out of hand. Rather than imposing fines for head-to-head contact, the league should impose suspensions. I guarantee that will curtail them.