Don't lose crucial parts of 'the code'

Leaders should set right tone for NFL teams to thrive as men, players

Updated: February 17, 2014, 12:21 PM ET
By Mark Schlereth | ESPN

I've had a lifelong love affair with football. I was fortunate to be able to live out my childhood dreams. To play a game for a living and now cover the game I love and support my family, it's a dream come true. The game has meant a lot to me.

But for such an amazingly popular sport, there are aspects of it that I think many fans don't fully understand, and the Richie Incognito story has shed a negative light on some of those misunderstood parts of playing football and being on ...

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