From Brilliant Reader Ed: Yo Joe! Can football be saved? Right now the physical toll on the players and the violent culture are dragging the game down. Joe: Pro football remains the most popular spectator sport in America by a landslide so “saved” might not be the right word. Most people love football so much — along with the various extras like fantasy football, gambling on football, the NFL Draft and so on — that they are willing to look past just about anything.