Bounties reinforce football's flaws

More evidence that the culture of the game is out of step with society's standards

Originally Published: March 8, 2012
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

On Oct. 8, 2006, in the third quarter of a game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, the Giants' Brandon Jacobs, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound running back, took a handoff from Eli Manning and headed upfield, where 6-foot-3, 255-pound Redskins linebacker Marcus Washington was waiting.

The collision was brutal. Jacobs barreled helmet-first into Washington's chest, bowling the linebacker to the ground. Washington, though, held on, made the tackle and, after the whistle, ...

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