In ESPN The Magazine's NFL Draft Issue, Tim Keown writes that since Teddy Bridgewater's subpar pro day, his critics have only grown louder. But so too has his inner voice, reminding him of the strength it took to get here.
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.
There's a distinction between the way fans care and the way players care. Sal Alosi's bizarre, sociopathic behavior was far more consistent with an irrational fan's behavior than a uniformed member of the team.
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.