- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

So Art Monk, former Washington Redskins player, is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the National Football League and a helmet manufacturer for difficulties resulting from concussions during his football career (“Hall of Fame receiver Art Monk latest to sue NFL,” Web, Thursday). This is getting ridiculous.

Various lawsuits against the NFL encompass more than 2,000 former players. But anyone can see that the sport of football is inherently violent (as are boxing and wrestling). Yet these athletes freely choose to participate in it, receive exorbitant salaries and accept various honors, such induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

These cases are similar to lawsuits filed by smokers against Big Tobacco after they have developed cancer from smoking, despite numerous warnings that cigarettes cause cancer. My husband suffered a back injury more than 50 years ago while playing high school football, and he still suffers from it. He says that if he had a chance to do it over again, he would not have played football. Yet he has not sued the school board in the county where he played.

People constantly decry the violence in our society. Yet these same people think that the Super Bowl is wholesome family entertainment and hold Super Bowl parties. I think that football, wrestling and boxing should be outlawed, at least in our schools. Americans should get over their love affair with violent sports.

DIANE ISABELLE REINKE

Silver Spring