The NFL thrives on mayhem, and the brutality has increased.

Strolling around the Superdome on Monday, Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte ran into Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and now a TV analyst.
They talked about the previous Monday night, when Pittsburgh and Baltimore bludgeoned each other in a brutal display of felononious-assault football and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis broke Rashard Mendenhall’s shoulder with a head-on tackle.

“He was saying, ‘I can’t believe the hitting that’s going on,'” Frerotte said. “He said, ‘It’s just amazing, I can’t believe I actually played in this game, and how violent and ferocious and how fast these guys run, and how people just throw their bodies.'”