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Benefits of football, as a sport and a way of life, outweigh its ills

Last week’s snowstorm must have left sports columnist Bob Ryan with an unusual case of cabin fever. How else can one explain his column asking whether America would be “better off” without football?

In “Considering the case against football” (Sports, Feb. 10), Ryan bases his argument on the premise that football is violent and unsafe, and diminishes the sport’s coaches as ignorant advocates. Tell that to the coaches across America who become role models for fatherless young men.

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