In ESPN The Magazine's Kids in Sports issue, Tim Keown writes that Steve Hendrickson has a battered body and can't remember yesterday. Yet he still wants his son to follow in his footsteps. It's the conflicted nature of every football parent.
In ESPN The Magazine, Tim Keown examines the San Francisco 49ers -- a team that won 36 percent of its games over the past eight years but has rebounded in a big way. The only big change this year? One quirky coach.
The underlying theme of the much-overplayed Jim Harbaugh-Jim Schwartz vaudeville routine is this: They're the same guy. They're both young, arrogant coaches who are as excitable and obnoxious as their players.
In essence, Eric Shelton's suit and any that follow will force the NFL to determine the worth of its former players. That has the potential to take this well beyond the important issue of head injuries.