David Maraniss is an Associate Editor at The ­Washington Post. His books include When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi and, in 2015, Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story. (February 2016)


The Collision Sport on Trial

Richard Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers catching Aaron Rodgers’s seventy-yard pass to win the game against the Detroit Lions, December 3, 2015

Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto

by Steve Almond

The Game’s Not Over: In Defense of Football

by Gregg Easterbrook
Of the many sayings attributed to Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, the one that seems most relevant to football today is not about winning, the pursuit of excellence, or the importance of will and character, but rather this: “Football is not a contact sport; it is a collision sport.”