What ever happened to tackling? A clean tackle performed by wrapping the defender's arms around the offensive player and bringing him to the ground would have the same desired result as many of the head-to-head hits or forearm hits that we see in the game today. It seems technique has given way to violence for violence's sake or for the desire to make a highlight reel.
John Sims, Aberdeen, N.J.
Viewing microscopic slides of damaged brains won't change the way Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis plays (WARHORSE, Nov. 1), but perhaps having former NFL players who are disabled or have dementia line up in their wheelchairs on the sidelines during games will.
David J. Gross
St. Augustine, Fla.
Lewis is a linebacker playing tackle football, not ballet. The sole point of his position is to aggressively fight off blockers and to annihilate whoever has the ball, which he does with precision and greatness. He plays the game the way it is supposed to be played and shouldn't have to make excuses for it.
Eric Latham Dover, Del.
Does Lewis really think it's a tragedy that a defender can no longer violently hit a defenseless player in any manner he chooses? And the only exception is if the vicious blow in question (i.e., Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather's hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap) is on one of his teammates?