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The graying of Dan Marino's record

Drew Brees and Tom Brady are to be feted for breaking it, but with reservations

Originally Published: January 5, 2012
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

By early 2005, during the denouement of the steroid era, Donald Fehr, then the executive director of baseball's players' union, had grown tired of the emphasis on performance-enhancing drugs as the reason behind the explosion in the game's offensive statistics, home runs in particular. Certainly, anabolic substances (Fehr's preferred term) were a factor in the rising numbers, but they weren't the only factor. At least as important was an issue in the larger sports culture, he said, and not singular ...

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