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How T.R. Saved Football

Today’s Wall Street Journal publishes my article on Teddy Roosevelt and football, from The Big Scrum:

Football is in trouble. NFL owners have locked out the players, meaning that the upcoming season could be cancelled. Even if the games go on, a lingering dispute over head injuries has saddled the sport with a messy controversy.

Perhaps the sport needs a modern Teddy Roosevelt. A century ago, he waded into a fight over violence in football and possibly saved the game—if not from extinction, then at least from relegation to second-tier status in the world of athletics.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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