All leadership conversations lead to Unitas

Great leaders can come in any size and play any position, but there are three traits they all have in common, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Updated: August 29, 2006, 2:12 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In the NFL, history has demonstrated, great leaders come in all sizes.

The three things they all have in common?

"A big heart, even bigger balls, and the biggest [work ethic]," said Art Donovan, the Hall of Fame defensive tackle from the old Baltimore Colts, and a man who played with some of the zaniest characters and many of the most elite high-character guys of his era. "That's what sets the great leaders apart in any walk of life. In football, you'd better have 'em all if you want guys ...

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