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September 3, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(10):834. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740620044012

Those who have followed the unusual discussion that has attended the exposures of the dangers of football and the fatalities of the 1931 season find amusement in the unyielding championship of the game, as it has been played, that persists in the collegiate world. One undergraduate paper shrieks that "football is no sport for the soft and the yellow. It draws on nerve, determination, and common 'guts.' There is a long grind, a systematic elimination, and a final realization that 'all that glisters is not gold.' That is life. Life is going to be an unpleasant surprise to some sheltered scholars. It is a dirty business that draws on nerve, determination, and common 'guts.'" Then follows a flamboyant appeal based on the nation's need of men who know literally how to "give until it hurts"—not just scholars. The writer proceeds to remind the detractors about the kind of men the