Tony Dorsett's issues hit home

Ex-Cowboy's plight brings internal conflict for those whose children play football

Updated: November 7, 2013, 4:41 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

My mom earned a Ph.D. So did my father and his father. So education was never compromised in the house where I was raised in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas.

School was my job, and I was expected to excel. Missing it because I felt less than 100 percent was never an option.

The only time my mother ever took me out of school early occurred in the fall of 1980, when I was in the seventh grade. She knew of my interest in being a sports reporter, so she took me to see Brad Sham, ...

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