The Corner

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 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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