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Regarding "Crosby Benched Indefinitely With Injury to Face" (April 1): When I was struck in the face, I was running down the gridiron. I had dodged one behemoth only to be hit by another. Moments later when I came to, my latex-covered steel face mask was crushed and touching my nose, but my face was fine.

I suffered a concussion, but I didn't lose my teeth or need facial surgery, nor did I need (according to professional opinion at the time) to sit out the rest of the season. That was 1974. Football (and sports medicine) is still evolving.

Why can't professional hockey learn any lessons on these matters with hockey's flimsy helmets, phantom face masks and 19th-century rules? NHL hockey appears to be an I.Q. test that everyone involved fails.

TOM O'BRIEN
Mt. Lebanon


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