It seems we are forever fighting for something, working and pushing to be the best, as if our lives depended on it. Competition and struggle give us all a sense of purpose. Perhaps Junior Seau lost his will to live because he felt he was no longer in the fight for something.
Anne DeMaria, Dover, N.H.
A Cry for Help
After reading Jim Trotter's story on Seau's death (Why?), I was even more moved and saddened by the loss of such a fine athlete and man. Seau leaves a powerful legacy of hard work and commitment to teammates and fans that will never be forgotten. While we may not ever know if he took his own life because of depression or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, I wish all athletes, especially football players, would learn from this tragedy. Depression and CTE, while a powerful combination, aren't death sentences. There is no shame in seeking help if you are experiencing feelings of anxiety and desperation.
Gary E. Goodnough, Plymouth, N.H.
When to Say When
Phil Taylor's column (POINT AFTER) in the wake of Seau's death was excellent. I often feel that our young athletes are being pushed too hard for the sake of winning and that their bodies are sometimes not equipped to handle the stress that certain sports demand. While I don't think we should be afraid to let our children play football, we should be wise enough to recognize when severe injuries occur and not afraid to say enough is enough. As we have seen time and time again, even the toughest players hurt.
Jonathan Hemenway, Parsippany, N.J.
Chris Mannix's article on Floyd Mayweather (Still Perfect) really hit the nail on the head. While Mayweather's brash behavior outside the ring often detracts from his reputation as a boxer, the brilliance of his boxing skills remains a beautiful sight to behold. Not only is he the greatest defensive fighter ever, but he may also be the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in history. It's a shame that he doesn't realize the negative impact his boisterous Money Mayweather persona has on many fans.