Football brought out the worst in me [Letter]

September 26, 2014

Congratulations to Steve Almond for speaking the culturally unspeakable by suggesting that we should question the fundamental nature of the game of football ("Fans are part of the football problem," Sept. 24).

In high school in the '60s, I played and enjoyed the game at an all-boys school where the varsity players were explicitly touted as "men of character" because they showed how "tough" they were. I kept my resentment of that to myself at the time but since I have come to see that my enjoyment and subsequent chagrin stemmed from the realization that football really brought out the worst in me — the adrenaline rush of permissible aggressive violence in front of a crowd.

Joshua L. Shoemaker

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