Heed the cry of the tough guys

Some of the NFL's safeguards have gone too far, and its appeal is at risk

Originally Published: July 8, 2009
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Recently retired NFL safety Rodney Harrison blasted the league a few months back, and his criticisms shouldn't be quickly forgotten. He called the NFL "soft." He claimed it had turned into a "pansy league." These were the kind of words that certainly will call attention to Harrison's newfound broadcasting career. But they were also comments that weren't too far off the mark.

Look, we all know the NFL still has plenty of tough guys. What it is losing, however, is the sense that the people ...

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