In the last couple weeks, I found myself working out in the free-weight room at the local YMCA with two professional football players. One was Anthony Cannon, who was drafted in the 7th round out of Tulane University and played linebacker for three years for the Detroit Lions, until a bad shoulder injury temporarily ended his career. The other player was another linebacker as well. John McRae played for several years for the New Jersey Bears, a semi-pro team. His career ended with a knee injury. A degenerative injury that has become so bad he sometimes has to have gel inserted with a needle into his knee to keep the bones from rubbing. While talking with Cannon, he said he’s rehabbed his shoulder this last year and has recently signed with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League… Now, I used to play football in high school and really loved the sport. Yet how the violence level seems to be escalating of late, it does give one pause. The NFL is, for instance, looking at the frequency of concussions and their long term impact on the brain. Then there’s things like full-paralysis, happening at all levels of the sport (even grade school). Maybe it’s time to take step, or two, back, and come up with a version of the sport that is considerably less violent. Sure, it’s a rush to watch football as it is now. But at what price? Note: Now on to a decidedly less violent sport. Running. My wife Liz ran the Atlanta Publix Half-Marathon this last Sunday. She’s been training pretty intensely over the winter and finished in a respectable: 2 hours and 24 minutes. And while the nation is transfixed on Michelle Obama’s arms, you should see Liz’s calf muscles! (Liz would shoot me if she knew I just wrote that.) Have I mentioned our gun control stance?