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Honor and valor are the basis for much of the athlete's code

Updated: December 15, 2010, 2:53 PM ET
By Steve Wulf | ESPN The Magazine

PULL UP A chair at the Round Table for Pavel Datsyuk. Make room for Brian Davis and Grant Hill and Armando Galarraga. These are the heirs to the tradition of chivalry, modern-day knights who play the right way, honor their games and respect friends and foes alike. They heed the written rules, of course, but they also live by the unwritten codes of their sport. Save for the outdoor plumbing and the metal unis, they would feel at home in Camelot.

Why knight them but not others? ...

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