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Brian Thies, Hampton, Iowa
I have a suggestion for giving NFL fans the 18-game season they want without further jeopardizing the health of the players: Make each player ineligible for two games. Besides avoiding additional wear and tear on players, this would keep individual player statistics comparable to those from the 16-game era, give more players from each 53-man roster significant playing time and generate considerable fan interest as coaches ponder when to sit out their stars.
Al Foster, Cedar Knolls, N.J.
The average NFL fan is a hardworking American who puts irreversible stress and strain on him- or herself nearly every day for a lot less money than even the lowest-paid NFL player. At age 29 I have suffered injuries that will have lingering effects, likely for the rest of my life, including concussions. Retirees from physically demanding jobs suffer many of the same physical maladies—knee or hip replacements, chronic back issues, rotator-cuff tears—as retired NFL players but with far less financial security. Although Rich Gannon may be in a constant state of pain at the age of 44, he will never have to work another day.
J.T. Bailey, Hyannis, Mass.
Because NFL owners have an inexhaustible supply of interchangeable parts, they'll only give lip service to player safety.
Norm Vance, Grand Rapids
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