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Published: Monday, Dec. 27 2010 11:00 p.m. MST

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Cedar City, UT

Refreshing perspective! I applaud you for expressing yourself. I too still suffer from football injuries to my knees, but they sort of feel like medals. Glad to see you stepped outside of a social engineered point-of-view. Right or wrong I'm glad you expressed yourself.

Saint George, UT

"...field of battle..." You've got to be joking, right?! Football is entertainment, a slightly more complex form of monster trucks.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Yeah, how dare the NFL look out for the safety of its players and fans! Are you kidding me, this author should be fired! As we learn more about concussions and how to diagnose them, they get diagnosed more, and based on how many former players have brain injuries and nervous system problems now I think that's a good thing! And for the snow, I'm sorry, but 80-90,000 people driving to and from a stadium in blizzard conditions is a terrible idea. That's asking for accidents and possibly fatalities. Perhaps Derek Stevenson didn't get out soon enough because it sounds like both him and this author may have suffered one too many concussions!

Ricardo Carvalho
Provo, UT

Wouldn't you just love to be this guy's son/daughter/wife/dog? I love watching football because it is a great spot with great skill required. The brutality which ends players' careers (Austin Collie comes to mind) is not what I value. Call me a sissy if you like, but I don't care if my favorite players where long sleeve shirts and I would rather see my favorites play the game for years protected from dangerous hits than see the jaw dropping hits that make up the highlight reels.

Holladay, UT

"field of battle" Brother Stevenson. My friend in Afghanistan would beg to differ. And you probably think he is a sissy. Stick to coaching little league reveling to your boys about how you played in two feet snow and the field was uphill both ways!

Yuba City, CA


Warren Kay
Holladay, UT

I guess Austin Collie being concussed three times this year is because of the Under Armor he wears. ??? To Derik Stevenson - the game today is bigger, strong, faster than when you played. And it most certainly is not a battle field it is a football 'game.'

Lehi, UT

Well said, Xpat. Maybe medical science has progressed to the point that we'd like to see our sons and brothers live a happier and longer life. Didn't the article recently on overweight football players say that the average age of football players today is 55 or so? Is someone doing a study on that also? Maybe Derik would like us to go back to leaches to cure our medical problems.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Try playing rugby............

Vilnius, Lithiuania

Well, it's time to ban Football. It is high time for BYu to follow BYU-Idaho, and end this sport that only enriches Orthopedists.

South Weber, UT

Andrew Rich had no problem with " leading with his eyes ". Seems 'ol helmet to helmet , horse collar Rich is still playing the Stevenson brand of football.

Orem, UT

The size and speed of the game are far different than the good old days. In my mind, the sport is being ruined by the money and the increased violence.

Lehi, UT

Meant to say average mortality (death age) of football players...

Orem Parent
Orem, UT

I just picture this guy on a jr. high field trying to push everyone around to prove how tough he is.

Iowa City, IA

Ok folks chill with the literal battlefield comparisons. Anyone with common sense can see a metaphor. Stevenson was talking football only. Get a life, stop looking so hard to be offended.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Seems to me there is plenty of "violence" now the way the rules are set to "protect" the quarterback. There is no need to allow intense cheap-shots that would serve only to disable someone. That style of playing does not enhance the game.

I would like to hear Vai's perspective on this.

Teddy Bear
Las Vegas, NV

He sounds like the instructor of the bullies that pick on Daniel in the Karate Kid. Lame...

Mc Kinney, TX

Field of battle??? My grandfather never played football, but he fought the Japanese army during World War II - hand to hand combat - the real kind of battle where real men died and real men lived with emotional scars for the rest of their. I'm so tired of football players compare their sport to battle.

I'm a BYU fan, but I just lost some respect for this guy.

Bountiful, UT

Sounds like an ex-jock just a little bit too full of himself.

There are plenty of former NFL players who are struggling physically and financially due to the beating their bodies have suffered.

I love football but the caveman attitude is a bit much.

Beverly Hills, CA

Field of Battle?

Football should never be likened to the sacrifice, pain, suffering and terror of ACTUAL WAR. This guy has no credibility.

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