Letter of the Day (Aug. 21): NFL

  • Updated: August 20, 2012 - 8:54 PM

Even for the stars, is NFL's toll ultimately worth it?

hide

Bill Brown, former Viking running back.

Photo: Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

It is fascinating how pro-football players like Kevin Williams are playing with pain and look for relief so they can continue their battle to win ("NFL zeroes in on one pain med," Aug. 20).

After signing in at the doctor's office, I turned to sit down when Bill (Boom-Boom) Brown, stooped over and leaning on a cane, slowly shuffled in behind me, like a large truck stuck in low gear. He was a running back for the Vikings who holds records for most games played, most consecutive games played and most games started.

He was fourth in career points scored and is tied for most rushing touchdowns. He was a gladiator who endured weekly head-on crashes, oblivious to the eventual costs in comfort. On this particular day, he was 65 and in need of a second hip replacement.

He had traded his magnificently healthy body for the fun of playing the game and the adulation of the crowded stadium. As he approached the receptionist, she asked, "Name, please"?


NORMAN HOLEN, RICHFIELD

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

  • about opinion

  • The Opinion section is produced by the Editorial Department to foster discussion about key issues. The Editorial Board represents the institutional voice of the Star Tribune and operates independently of the newsroom.

  • Submit a letter or commentary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close