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Life in the shadows

It's damn hard to follow a legend

Updated: August 13, 2012, 12:23 PM ET
By Chris Jones | ESPN The Magazine

THERE ARE NO faultless fathers. Some are better than others, but it's just not a job that allows any of us to be perfect. It's too hard, too ever-changing. It requires too many different skills, from tenderness to absolute resolve. And even if there were such a thing as a perfect father, our children would still slip out of our careful reach, because that's the natural order of things: One day we won't be their fathers anymore. Even if by some miracle our lives go exactly as ...

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